A 90-year-old woman in China was found almost starved to death, after having been locked away by her two children as they didn’t want the expense or hassle of caring for her.
The woman, Xiaoming Tsui, was found by police; she had survived captivity in her bedroom by drinking water, and eating some oatmeal thrown to her by concerned neighbors while her children were out.
When police found her she was emaciated and her first words to officers were: “Please, feed me, feed me.”
Tsui’s daughter and son are now looking at some serious charges following their arrest at the family home. The police accused the brother and sister of: “a cold and calculating plan to get rid of someone they found expensive and tiresome to deal with.”
A spokesman from the local police department told reporters:
The woman fell ill and to get rid of the problem of having to care for her, her children attempted to make her die from starvation in the locked room. They didn’t send their mother any food, telling her it was so she didn’t need the bathroom, and would allow no-one in to see her
The police also confirmed that there had been significant friction between Tsui and her children for some time: “She was becoming an increasing burden to them and so they decided to kill her by starving her to death. Then they planned to tell the authorities that she simply stopped eating,” he said.
The same spokesman added that in the police’s opinion this was not about a simple family dispute but something a lot more sinister: “This is not just a family dispute, but calculated murder. Obviously, the selfish children wanted their mother to die to save them trouble of taking care of her,” he said.
The children of the old woman are now being charged with attempted murder, and the police are preparing their case for court.