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Hencoop girl starts psychological counseling

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who became speechless after being hencooped naked for about a year by her grandmother will undergo a month of psychological counseling at an orphanage in southwest China to help her recover.

The government of Longtan Town of Chongqing Municipality's Fuling District sent the girl to the orphanage yesterday, the Chongqing Evening News reported today.

Police have launched an investigation into the case and if convicted of abuse, the woman, Guo Changshou, 63, will be punished, according to Longtan government official Yang Linjin.

The Longtan government is discussing the girl's future with officials in the girl's mother's hometown in Guizhou Province.

The girl's father left her in Guo's care three years ago when he moved elsewhere to find work after her mother died.

Feeling helpless having to take care of the girl alone while also working in the field, widowed Guo started to confine her to a hencoop from last summer.

A passer-by found the hencooped girl early this month and reported it to the local government, which freed the girl on July 11.

But the girl, who neighbors said used to be capable of speaking clearly, was unable to talk or understand language when she was freed.


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