When Zhang Wei went to the morgue in Guangzhou and saw her 3-year-old autistic son Jia Jia for the last time, she barely recognized him. “He was blacker, thinner, with scratches all over his body,” Zhang told reporters. “He looked like a porcelain doll.”
It was a devastating moment for a mother who had only ever wanted to help her son recover from a mental disorder estimated to affect 5 to 9 million children in China.
The district government of Panyu, an area of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, told local media on Wednesday evening it would launch an investigation into Jia Jia’s death and the autism rehabilitation center where he was undergoing treatment. He died in late April, around one week short of his fourth birthday.