Woman Buried Alive By Son Rescued After Three Days

A man allegedly buried his mother in an abandoned grave, where she was found traumatised but alive after three days covered by loose dirt.

Northern China police have charged a man with attempted murder following the discovery.

The man's wife told police her husband carried his mother away on May 2 in a wheelbarrow.

When she failed to return three days later, police were informed and the man was placed in detention in Shaanxi province's Jingbian county.

Rescuers said despite the woman's ordeal, she was faintly calling for help as she was freed, according to a police statement.

The man was identified as a 58-year-old, his mother is 79.

She is partially paralysed and her son was apparently fed up with having to constantly take care of her, the China Daily newspaper reported on Friday.

Local police could not immediately be reached for additional comment, and an official reached by phone at the Jingbian county prosecutor's office confirmed an investigation was underway but declined to give further details.

Public assistance in much of China is lacking, especially in poor rural areas, and families are generally expected to look after their own elderly relatives.