Back in 2018, a mother in China beat her nine-year-old son to death for not doing his homework and losing her handphone. A year and a half later, the mother has now been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The mother, identified as Chen, was angry after learning that her nine-year-old son had lost her phone when he sneaked out of the house in Huang Qiao district of Taizhou, east China, without doing his homework. On 5 January 2018, Chen strapped her son onto a chair by bandages and beat him with a wooden pole from 6pm to 11pm.
She covered his mouth so that neighbours couldn't hear him scream. Next morning, he was found with wounds all over his body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
On 2 June 2019, a Chinese site reported that a court sentenced the mother to 10 years in prison. The court ruled that the harm inflicted on her son was an act of intentional injury and ordered the mother's political rights to be deprived for two years.
The mother claims that she did not beat her son for five hours consecutively but about five times throughout the five-hour duration
According to the report in the Chinese news site, while the son had confessed to his mother about losing the phone, she slapped him as she believed he was lying.
After she tied him up and beat him continuously for five hours, she also did not feed him any food and only gave him very little water, AsiaOne reported on Monday.
When she was finally putting the boy to bed, he reportedly told her that he doesn't want to see her, saying: "Mama, I do not want to see you."
An autopsy report revealed that the boy died of hemorrhagic shock combined with a blockage in an artery in the lungs
During the beating, the mother had used a wooden rod on her son.
According to local reports, she also repeatedly stabbed his feet with a sewing needle.