- 42-year-old Xiong Simei was locked in a cage outdoors by her family for 10 years
- The woman enclosure is open and snake can enter to it
- According to her brother, they had to lock her because she developed emotional issues following a breakup
- Simei’s brother said that she became aggressive and the family didn’t have other option than putting her in the cage
42-year-old Xiong Simei was found by reporters locked in a cage that was open to the elements and animals such as snakes in China.
In the cage were the mentally ill woman has spent the last decade, animals like snakes could enter without problem because her enclosure is open to nature and it is surrounded by firewood.
According to Simei’s brother, Xiong, she had been with her live-in partner but after they broke up she had to move with her mother.
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“Our mother is a mute and our father died a few years ago. Our sister has problems and often hits people, destroying things but we have to go to work so out of desperation we put her in a cage,” said Mr. Xiong.
He told reporters that the family is very poor and do not have money to pay for his sister's treatment so the government gives them a subsidy of 200 yuan (£23) a month.
Mr. Xiong also said that sometimes he manages to buy sedative drugs to calm her and her sister didn’t have special care because they don’t know people who could help them.
An 18-year-old student surnamed Wu who came across the woman in the cage while he was hiking said that when he found her it was cold, only one or two degrees Celsius.
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Wu said that she told him that the winter is cold but the most difficult is the summer heat because of mosquitoes and also there are often snakes.
Upon seeing the woman, Wu along with some friends, bought her some clothes, shoes and food.
The Civil Affairs Bureau of Zhenyuan County, said that staff will be sent to the scene to investigate the case further.