A foster mom has been arrested for "disciplining" the child in her care with a back scratcher and other items that included branches, water pipes, and steam.
The report comes by way of the Daily Mirror, which included a series of graphic photos. We've only produced two of them here to give you a sense of the damage (including the one above), but you can see the rest at this link.
Just going by the photographic evidence, it's tough to see this as anything but child abuse, and that's what led authorities in eastern China to arrest the woman and charge her with "willful and malicious injury," reports the Nanjing Morning Post.
While in the woman's care, the 9-year-old boy is said to have been whipped and lashed with a back scratcher and ropes for not finishing the extra work the woman gave him.
She also allegedly knocked the boy to the ground and began kicking him. At one point, she reportedly burned him with water vapor, beat him with a water pipe, and "jabbed him with nibs," the Daily Mirror added.
The woman, who is being called a foster mom though she legally adopted the child when he was 6, has lost access to the boy for the time being.
He's been placed back in the care of his biological parents though that could change if she is found innocent or pleas down to lesser charges.
(With this being China, it's hard to know for sure how the justice and child welfare systems will handle it. If we have any readers familiar to the area who can shed some light, please do.)
One of the most disturbing pictures includes the one that shows disturbing scars to the boy's upper torso.
For many commenters, the first photo alone is bad enough, but the second looks like something out of Passion of the Christ.
Facebook commenters were quick to voice their outrage at the woman, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the child.
"I cannot believe the things people do to children," said Nicole LeAnn Stout. "There is this shop in Spokane, Washington, where you can pay to go break crap. I think we should do that to offenders of children, open a shop where people can just beat the snot out of them for a fee. Of course the fee should go to the victim."
"BEAT THAT B**CH JUST LIKE SHE DID THAT YOUNG BOY AND IF YOU CANT DO IT THEN I WILL BE MORE THAN WILLING," wrote Facebooker Thomas Baldwin.
"I certainly hope there is a special place in hell for people like this," added Paula Maxey Ayres. "And that she be given the same punishment for the rest of her life!"
What do you think about the injuries this foster mom inflicted on the child? Is prison too much to ask?