Woman charged with beating, starving nanny brought from China

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WOODBURY, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota woman with beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny.

Lili Huang, 35, of Woodbury, is charged in Washington County with five felony counts, including labor trafficking, false imprisonment and assault.

Huang's attorney, Daniel S. Le, said Monday that his client "categorically denies the false allegations levied by a family friend and will be vindicated through our system of justice."

The Star Tribune reports the 58-year-old woman arrived in the U.S. on a visa in late March. According to the complaint, the nanny was forced to work up to 18 hours a day doing child care, cooking and cleaning. Police calculate her pay at about $1.80 an hour.

The woman was found wandering in the street. A hospital exam found she had many broken bones.

The complaint says the woman's weight had dropped to 88 pounds.

Huang remains in jail. She's due back in court Aug. 18.