Chinese police say a six-year-old boy whose eyes were gouged out may have been attacked by his late aunt, state media report.
The boy’s aunt, Zhang Huiying, killed herself six days after the incident by jumping into a well, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Police say they found blood from the boy, Guo Bin, on the aunt’s clothes.
The attack, which happened in Fenxi, Shanxi province, on 24 August, shocked the nation.
Guo Bin’s parents found him with his eyes removed and covered in blood.
He had been lured by an unknown woman into a field where she gouged out his eyes, Xinhua reported. Guo Bin is now recovering in hospital.
Police found his eyeballs at the scene. Local reports initially said the corneas were missing, potentially pointing towards organ trafficking. But police then reported that the corneas were not missing and the motive for the attack was unclear.
A Hong Kong eye expert leading a team visiting Guo Bin has offered to treat him for free and, if possible, eventually help him install electronic eyes that will help him see light and shapes through signals sent to his optic nerves, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
One of the doctors in the team told the SCMP that Guo Bin “seemed cheerful given that he has gone through so much. He is a very brave boy.”