A woman identified as Jang has been sentenced to a life jail term for killing her adopted daughter in South Korea.
According to reports, the woman was accused by the Seoul Southern District Court of deliberately hurting her daughter, named Jung-in, while claiming that the baby’s death was an accident.
The 16-month-old died after suffering internal bleeding and severe abdominal injuries within eight months of adoption.
According to an official autopsy report, the wounds were created by applying physical force as fractured bones, and other indications of harm were also found on the child’s body.
“It looks like the adoptive mother stamped on the victim’s abdomen,” the court said.
The killer started abusing the victim about a month after adopting her and caused her death with indescribable cruelty.
“As the accused ruthlessly trampled upon the victim’s dignity and honour as a human being, it is only reasonable to separate the accused from society indefinitely,” the court said.
However, the court also sentenced the woman’s husband to five years of imprisonment for supporting Jang’s brutality inflicted on their adopted daughter.
According to the Head of the Korea Child Abuse Prevention Association, Kong Hye-Jung, the last ruling failed to meet the people’s expectations to bring justice to the child.
“We will keep monitoring their second and third trials to make sure they will not have their sentences commuted,” she said