Parents held for 'punishing son to death' in Taichung
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The parents of an 11-year-old boy were detained by prosecutors in Taichung City for allegedly beating their son to death in physical punishment.
January 21, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Prosecutors said the father, surnamed Chien, and his wife were placed into custody as part of an investigation into the boy's death.
Chien, 42, works at a telecom company during the week and at a restaurant, along with his wife, on weekends.
According to local reports, they said that their son had a habit of stealing money from the restaurant. On Friday, after discovering that money had been stolen again, they beat their son for two hours with a rattan stick, because the boy had refused to reveal where the money was hidden.
The mother found her son lying unresponsive in bed on Saturday evening.
The parents took their son to the hospital; doctors were unable to resuscitate the boy. The medical staff reported the case to the police after discovering bruises on the boy's back and limbs.
Prosecutors said an autopsy will be performed soon to determine the cause of death.
The boy's teachers in Taiping District, Taichung said that they had been providing counseling for him so that he would quit stealing.
The teachers said they were sad that the boy had died due to his parents' carelessness and improper disciplinary actions.