- TheTick Times Tuesday Aug 09, 2016
The child was spotted by passersby in Chongqing, south-west China
- According to his aunt and uncle, he is too naughty to be left alone
- The child's mother died and his father works in another city to earn cash
A shocking photograph has emerged of a young boy tied to a tree in China by his family for being too naughty.
The four-year-old was recently spotted by passersby in the Yongchuan district of Chongqing, reports the People's Daily Online.
The child, who is identified by his surname Zhong, is looked after by his ageing aunt and uncle while his father works in another town to earn vital cash.
Tragic: The boy was spotted tied to a tree after his family claimed that he is too naughty
In January 2015, the child's mother died from Meningitis.
According to reports, the father has heavy debts and so moved to another city to try and earn enough cash to pay them off.
The boy has been left in the care of his uncle and aunt who are in their 60s.
The pair say that they are not able to care for the boy as he is too naughty.
A while ago, the boy disappeared and it took a team of locals hours to find him.
A picture appeared on Chinese media shows the boy playing in a spare concrete mixer, which his family say is incredibly dangerous.
Bizarre: The boy was spotted in a concrete mixer which his family say is incredibly dangerous
Terrified that they would lose him again, the couple decided to take drastic action, tying him to a tree using rope.
When he behaves he is allowed to be freed from the rope however if he is naughty then he is once again tied to the tree.
The boy is now of the age where he should be attending kindergarten but his uncle and aunt say they cannot afford to send him.
The photos have sparked concern about the child's welfare and his self esteem. (Mail Online)