12 Year-old Girl with Epilepsy Seized Together with Her Parents and Grandmother at 2 AM, Struggles to Cope
(Minghui.org) A married couple and the wife’s mother have been detained for two weeks for their faith in Falun Gong. The couple’s 12-year-old daughter, who has epilepsy, is now staying with her paternal grandmother and struggles to cope with the trauma of the arrests of her loved ones.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Zhen Miao, 40, her husband, Mr. Zhang Shida, and her mother Ms. Wang Chunping, 70, were arrested at their shared residence at around 2 a.m. on January 14, 2021.
Ms. Zhen’s daughter was terrified and traumatized to witness the police ransacking their home and arresting her parents and grandmother. When the police took the three adults to the Qinghe Police Station, they also took the girl with them.
After the three practitioners were transferred to the Haidian Detention Center in the evening, the police informed the girl’s paternal grandmother to pick her up, or they would send her to an orphanage.
The girl’s paternal grandmother struggles to take care of her by herself. She is also constantly afraid that the young child may have episodes of seizure at any time given the trauma of the arrests.
Days later, the elderly woman went to the Xiangshan Police Station and demanded that the police release Ms. Zhen to take care of her daughter. The police questioned the elderly woman on whether she also practices Falun Gong and asked who wrote the bail request. The grandmother said someone else wrote it for her, and the police replied that by the tone of voice it looked like the request was written by a Falun Gong practitioner. The police said no documents submitted by Falun Gong practitioners would be accepted and then drove the elderly woman away.
Ms. Zhen, her husband and her mother were later transferred to the Wenyang Detention Center and have been held there since.