Hongchi Xiao
Hongchi Xiao

Healer arrested over boy's alleged 'slap therapy' death

A CHINESE 'healer'  who conducted 'slapping therapy' seminars, has been arrested in the U.K. on an outstanding warrant for the manslaughter of a six-year-old Sydney boy.

Hongchi Xiao, 53, was arrested at a London airport on April 25 in a joint operation between St George Local Area Command and officers in the UK. He faced Westminster Court on Monday, was refused bail.

Australian authorities are preparing to seek his extradition to face manslaughter charges.

Mr Xiao is wanted over the death of the young diabetic boy who allegedly died a few days after attending his alternative medicine seminars in Hurstville in April 2015.

Emergency services found the Year 1 student unconscious and not breathing at the Ritz Hotel in Hurstville after the boy and his family left the workshop.

Paramedics performed CPR but the boy could not be revived.

Police allege the boy was deprived of food and insulin during the course, run in Tasly Healthpac medical clinic.

Mr Xiao, Fairfax Media reports, claims to be a former Wall Street banker who developed an alternative medicine technique known as a paidalajin.

Paidalajin involves stretching, fasting and slapping the body to the point of bruising.

In March police arrested the boy's mother, 41, father, 56, and maternal grandmother, 64. They face manslaughter charges, accused of recklessly endangering the boy's life by subjecting him to Mr Xiao's treatment.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

News Corp Australia

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