March 19, 2019

Compassion over Chinese mother’s ‘mercy killing’ (BBC)

Compassion over Chinese mother’s ‘mercy killing’ (BBC)

The case of an elderly woman found guilty of killing her disabled son has provoked an outpouring of compassion from Chinese social media users.

The 83-year-old, identified only as Ms Huang, was found guilty of the manslaughter of her disabled son, Li. She fed her 46-year-old son about 60 sleeping pills on 9 May and strangled him with a silk scarf as she used cotton pads to cover his nose. Huang was found guilty of manslaughter by the People’s Intermediate Court of Guangzhou and received a three-year suspended prison sentence.

She said she took her son’s life because she feared no one would care for him after she died. Li was born prematurely with severe mental and physical disabilities that left him unable to walk or talk. Read more

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