On Thursday, the New South Wales (NSW), Australia police‘self-healer’ Hongchi Xiao, age reportedly 53 or 54, from London, United Kingdom over the death at his conference, allegedly from , of a six-year-old boy. Xiao was arrested at at about 5:00AM local time (Australian Eastern Time, +10), taken to Police Station, and charged with . Xiao appeared in Sydney Central Local Court. Local Court Magistrate L Mabbutt refused bail for Xiao. Xiao was ordered to appear in court on October 24.
Xiao had practiced a self-healing technique, “Paida Lajin”, that involves slapping, stretching, and fasting.
The boy died at Xiao’s conference at Tasly Healthpac Medical Centre,, NSW, held April 22–28, 2015. According to allegations at the court hearing on Thursday, Xiao recommended the boy’s parents not give him insulin. The Court was also told the boy became ill and unable to walk.
On April 28, 2015 at about 10:00PM, the boy was found unconscious at a Forest Road hotel in Hurstville. Emergency personnel were called and tried to resuscitate the boy, but couldn’t revive him. He was pronounced dead.
Last year, Xiao said in a video, “This is purely an accident[…] This has nothing to do with the workshop. This boy had a lot of diseases, more than we ever know.”
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the patient has high blood sugar for long periods, which causes complications that may be life-threatening. Regular insulin injections are a standard treatment for diabetes.
The boy’s mother, father, and grandmother — ages 41, 56, and 64 — were also charged with manslaughter at thePolice Station in March, and they have been released on bail.
The extradition followed arrest of Hongchi Xiao in London in April this year. Xiao was also investigated by British police regarding the death, during Xiao’s therapy in south-west England last October, of 71-year-old Danielle Carr-Gomm.
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