TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man and woman have been sentenced to 12 and a half years and ten and a half years, respectively, for the death of a seven-year-old child.
The Supreme Court today (Dec. 6) rejected pleas from the two, who were convicted of subjecting the child to two days of continuous abuse that included pouring hot water over his body until he died.
The case verdict pointed out the cohabitants, who were previously married, lived with two children in New Taipei’s Xinzhuang District (新莊區). Both registered for marriage again after the case was taken to trial, CNA reports.
The two were apparently dissatisfied with the child’s behavior, and because of this frequently beat him. The New Taipei City Domestic Violence Prevention Center had already cautioned the couple numerous times in the past.
In April last year, it was discovered they had been beating the child with iron pipes, frames, and motorcycle helmets.
In June, the woman again was found to have been hitting her son’s palms with a hollow iron pipe before seeking support from her partner, who continued the beatings, brandishing a metal phone holder. After physically abusing the child, they made him take off his clothes and sleep in the kitchen.
The next day, the man requested the boy to clean the floor, but unsatisfied with his work, took him into the bathroom and began scalding him with hot water. Later in the afternoon, the couple discovered the boy laying on the living room floor bleeding from the nostrils and sent him to the hospital.
New Taipei District Court found that the injuries caused by their actions had killed the child. The boy’s mother was sentenced to 10 years and six months, while her partner was sentenced to 12 years and six months due to what judges described as an extremely malicious incidence of abusing a child to death.
Taiwan’s High Court upheld the first ruling in the case’s second review, and a final verdict was given today after the Supreme Court rejected the couple’s appeal.