BEIJING — Police in northern China charged a man with attempted murder after he allegedly buried his mother in an abandoned grave, where she was found traumatized but alive after three days covered by loose dirt.
The man's wife told police her husband carried his mother away in a type of wheelbarrow on May 2. When she failed to return three days later, police were informed and the man was placed in detention in Shaanxi province's Jingbian county.
Rescuers said despite the woman's ordeal, she was faintly calling for help as she was freed, state media said Friday.
The man was identified as a 58-year-old with the surname Ma and his 79-year-old mother is surnamed Wang.
She is partially paralyzed and her son was apparently fed up with having to constantly take care of her, the China Daily newspaper reported.
Its report and others in state media cited a police statement that was not available online. An official reached by phone at the Jingbian county prosecutor's office confirmed an investigation was underway but declined to give further details. The man would only give his surname, Yan.
Public assistance in much of China is lacking, especially in poor rural areas, and families are generally expected to look after their own elderly relatives.