On the 19th, the Daejeon District Court Criminal Division 12 메이저사이트(Chief Judge Na Sang-hoon) sentenced Mr. A (38), who was charged with violating the Child Welfare Act (child abandonment and neglect), to four years in prison. He was also banned from working at a child-related institution for seven years and ordered to complete an 80-hour child abuse treatment program.
Mr. A was accused of causing his son B, who was malnourished due to poor care, to go into cardiac arrest on November 8 last year by failing to call 911 even though he was in a critical condition, including not breathing and not responding.
He was found to have given him only barley tea and iced drinks for about five months without giving him formula and baby food since mid-June last year when he was four months old and vomited up formula. As a result, B’s weight, which was 9 kilograms three months ago, dropped to 7.5 kilograms.
In addition, A sold the formula that B was eating to a second-hand trading site and did not give him five injections of nationally mandated vaccinations.
“Please take into consideration that the defendant has a low intellectual capacity to the extent that she cannot even remember where she came from and who her children’s father is, and that she has been giving birth to and raising her children by herself without experiencing a proper upbringing from her parents and without the opportunity to receive an education,” A’s lawyer said at the sentencing hearing held on March 21.
The prosecution asked for 10 years’ imprisonment, noting that “the defendant’s son is still unable to breathe on his own, the degree of damage is severe, and the defendant has been previously punished for abandonment and child abuse of her children.”
The Court of First Instance stated that the leniency was based on the fact that “the crime was highly socially reprehensible, the psychological test showed that the social age of the child was 14 years old, and that the child had not been abused or neglected for a considerable period of time, and that the family was economically disadvantaged.”