The “follow-up” of yesterday’s tragedy, from the Front Page Sections, translated…
The man, He, was suspected of strangling his own son with cerebral palsy to death, after the Taipei District Attorney’s Office took the man into questioning yesterday, they’d turned He to his own wife’s custody, and mandated house arrest for him. As He’s wife went to the D.A.’s office to pick up her husband, she’d stated, “I hope he (son) won’t have this sort of torture in the next lifetime, and be a healthy child.”
He admitted to what he’d done, and, after the court case came into session, the D.A. believed, that he was not at flight risks, that he wasn’t going to weasel his way out, and that he was the primary source of income for his family, and so, they’d placed him into his wife’s custody, and asked the city of Taipei’s domestic violence call center, to help He get to the hospital for an evaluation, to assess his mental states, as well as the family’s situation, to decide the treatments, the counseling that comes afterwards. As for the precise cause of death of his own son, the D.A. will wait for the autopsy results.
He’s wife said, that everybody had gotten ill, after taking care of her son, in the second year of the son’s high school year, the entire family helped to find a place for him to go, but, as the institutions and the schools saw how severely handicapped the son was, they’d not taken him, and, as the son went into his last year of high school, he’d felt, that everybody was singling him out, and, he’d blocked the world out since.
He’s wife said, that the Social Services Department had sent people to their house to help bathe, feed, and care for her son, but, after her son graduated from high school, the services weren’t continued, she’d once used how she had spinal injuries, with a heart condition, how her father-in-law is elderly, how her husband works, along with other reasons to file for assistance for her son’s sake, but, the Department of Social Services told them that they couldn’t manage to get more people to them, “We’d still relied on ourselves in the end.”
He’s wife said, at first, her son didn’t know his own conditions, but slowly, he came to realize, that he couldn’t walk, couldn’t write either, and, starting in middle school, he’d started, mutilating himself, “He (the son) had even told me that he’s sorry he couldn’t walk.”
He’s wife said, “My birthday was on March 21, and, on the 22nd, it was, the date of my own son’s death, I really don’t know what to say.”
And so, had the social services department not withdrew the assistance from this family, then, this tragedy could’ve been well avoided, but, there’s NO way that the government can provide for the cares of the handicapped people indefinitely, there’s this lack of human resources, as well as the lack of funding.