Pictures of a nine-year-old boy suspected of being abused by his foster parents have gone viral online in China after they were uploaded by an Internet user on Sina Weibo on Friday.
The images, posted by "chaotingbanrixian" showed the young boy covered in scars and bloodstains.
"One of the boy's teacher discovered that the boy received more and more injures recently and preferred to stay alone, " chaotingbanrixian wrote on the Twitter-like microblog.
The user also wrote that abuse was first suspected of being abused last year, but the school thought it was an accident so it didn't get publicized.
The boy told the teacher that his parents were beating him with water pipes and branches, burning him with water vapour, and jabbing him with nibs.
The microblog post received wide attention online and people are calling for severe punishment for the parents.
According to the Nanjing Morning Post, the boy was legally adopted in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province when he was six and the parents are highly educated, one is a journalist and the other a lawyer.
The police are now investigating the allegations.