A self-proclaimed Chinese healer arrested over the death of a Sydney boy more than two years ago will face court charged with manslaughter.
HongChi Xiao, 53, was arrested at Sydney Airport this morning after being extradited from London.
NSW Police allege that between April 22 and 28, 2015, a Sydney couple and their six-year-old son attended one of Xiao’s “self-healing” conferences at the Tasly Healthpac Medical Centre at Hurstville.
Emergency services were called to a nearby hotel room late on April 28 after the boy was found unconscious.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate the child but he could not be revived.
Xiao promotes the so-called self-healing method of “PaidaLajin” – an alternative therapy which involves fasting, stretching and slapping patients repeatedly until they bruise.
Four days after the boy’s death, Xiao took to Facebook to say a “tragic incident” had occurred at one of his workshops.
“I would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of [the boy],” he said.
“We have been cooperating fully with the investigating police. We have submitted all pertinent materials and information.
“It is inappropriate for us to speculate why the boy died prior to the Sydney police publicly announcing their findings.”
In various YouTube videos and blog posts, the former investment banker said the technique could treat diseases such as diabetes, prostate problems and Parkinson’s disease.
He has rejected criticism he is a “con man” or his technique could endanger lives.
Xiao was arrested by detectives shortly after 5:00am when he landed at Sydney International Airport.
He was taken to Kogarah Police Station where he was charged with manslaughter.
He was refused bail and is due to face Central Local Court later today.