China Nursing Home
An employee of a nursing home in northeastern China allegedly removed the testicles of three bedridden or mentally handicapped residents. Reuters

A nursing home worker in China has been detained by police for allegedly castrating three residents.

Police in the northeastern Qinggang County in Heilongjang province say the man is accused of cutting off the testicles of the patients, two of which are bedridden and the third is mentally handicapped.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the man tied them up and used a dull razor to castrate them.

Reports conflicted over whether the man is a member of staff. Xinhua, the state press agency of the People's Republic of China, said the accused is an employee of the home but a staff member told The Associated Press that he is actually a patient.

One victim lost both testicles and the other two lost one each, said local police.