Korean Woman Kills Stepdaughter By Force Feeding Her Salt

On November 21st, the Seoul High Court upheld a lower court’s decision to send a woman to prison for killing her stepdaughter through repeated force feeding. On numerous occasions, the woman fed the ten-year-old girl rice with spoonfuls of salt on top, in addition to forcing her to eat food waste and excrement. The girl eventually died from complications related to excessive salt ingestion.

Netizens were enraged by the facts of the crime and by the relatively light sentence of ten years in prison, especially coming so soon after the case of another stepmother killing her stepdaughter in Ulsan earlier in November.

Article From Newsis:

Stepmother sentenced to ten years in prison after she was convicted of killing her daughter by feeding her heavily salted rice.

The convicted murderer, Yang, tells reporters that her husband told her to feed the daughter just salt as punishment for her being too picky with her food.eeting with reporters

The convicted murderer, Yang, tells reporters that her husband told her to feed the daughter just salt as punishment for her being too picky with her food.

Judges of the Seoul High Court (presiding judge: Kim Dong-oh) on November 21 gave a ten year prison sentence to a 51-year-old women, surnamed Yang, on charges of child abuse and murder of her ten-year-old stepdaughter Jeong, upholding a lower court’s ruling and its sentence.

As for her biological father, identified as Mr. Jeong, 42, the high court found him not guilty of negligence relating to Yang’s mistreatment of his daughter, confirming the lower court’s verdict.

In their verdict, judges said, “testimony from the deceased’s older brother are detailed and are consistent with autopsy findings, and he has given consistent testimony from the start of the police investigation up to his statements in court, disproving Yang’s claim that his comments were unreliable.”

“The autopsy findings and the late Jeong’s abnormal behavior while she was alive provide sufficient grounds for the conclusion that the stepdaughter died of salt addiction,” judges added.

“Defendant Yang had abused the stepdaughter and her older brother for an unbelievable period of three years,” the verdict said, “Nevertheless, Yang has displayed no shred of remorse and persisted in making excuses. That’s why a heavy punishment has been given to her.”

The verdict said, “As for her father, Jeong, charged together with Yang, the lower court’s ruled that there is insufficient evidence proving his alleged negligence of the abuse. We finds the ruling legitimate,” upholding his innocence.

Yang was charge of raising Jeong’s children since their marriage. Yang is reported to have violently abused her stepchildren and forced them to have eat excessively.

In particular, for approximately one month beginning in July 2012, Yang compelled the stepdaughter to eat cooked rice, dosed with three spoonfuls of salt, 2-3 times per week. When her stepdaughter threw up, Yang forced her to eat the vomit. Yang is also known to have compelled the stepdaughter to swallow food waste and excrement.

The abused stepdaughter eventually died from a salt addiction-induced disorder in August of 2012, leading to the prosecution of stepmother Yang on charges of homicide.

Previously, the lower court delivered a sentence of ten years in jail to Yang, saying, “Yang’s abuses are inconceivably grotesque, and the sufferings of the sibling are beyond description.”

reenacted photos of the girl eating salted rice

reenacted photos of the girl eating salted rice

Comments from Daum:

짱님:

The stepmother should be forced to eat salted rice. In prison, I’m sure she will eat warm food with no complaints, how unfair.

달땡이:

How insane is this woman? We don’t need to keep scum like her alive.

냥이네:

She should be punished by making her eat salted rice.

고양이장수:

I think this happened because the law is not enforced enough. Disclose her personal information to the world and feed her salt until she dies.

현금매수:

I hope that the older brother will get even with her by forcing her to eat salt after she is free from the prison.

Sbdyrchssha:

I believe that other prisoners will take the law into their hands against her.

The salt bag the convicted stepmother used in abusing her daughter.

The salt bag the convicted stepmother used in abusing her daughter.

Comments from Naver:

picm****:

Lawmakers need to make sentencing more realistic. Just ten years in prison for this human garbage who committed such a horrible crime. It makes no sense. Sentence her to 100, or 200 years, just like in the United States.

ryun****:

How could she be human? What could that stepdaughter have done? How could this have happened, it’s so sad

zoom****:

Well, now I see that feeding feces and beating someone just brings a sentence of ten years behind bars. A guy who attacked Park Geun-hye with a knife was sentenced to ten years in jail. I see the sentencing is the same. [Note: On May 20 2006, Park Geun-hye, then the leader of the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) suffered a knife attack when she was at a campaign stop in support of a GNP candidate for Seoul mayor. The assailant was sentenced to ten years in jail.]

asne****:

Ten years? too short! The dead child should have lived 90 years more. Give a heavier sentence! all the more so for criminals who did horrendous things against powerless children.

ilmi****:

It appears evident to me that this incident is a premeditated murder against helpless child. The ten-year prison sentence seems too short.

n466****:

Are these judges insane? Would you guys just give a sentence of ten years in jail if your daughters died in a similarly terrible situation?

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  • Bryan Cheron

    This is really disgusting. Are there any crimes in Korea that are treated seriously?

    • Brett

      Not so much when someone dies. Smoking marijuana in another country could get you some time locked up in Korea, however.

      • TheCorean

        Only if you are not a celebrity

    • Chucky3176

      Bryan, ten years in prison is considered a very heavy punishment in judicial circles in Korea. Ten year sentences are reserved for first degree murders. We’re lucky she even got ten years, and not the usual 5 or 7, which are the average. The judges are what we call the 386 generation. Born in the 1960’s, political activists who fought for democracy in Korea in the 1980’s. They view crime and punishment as something that harkens to the bad old days when police had all the power. So as protectors of human rights, they want to give out light punishments because giving them heavier punishments, will be like going back to the bad old days of authoritarian era of the 1980’s.

  • Chucky3176

    “I think this happened because the law is not enforced enough. Disclose her personal information to the world and feed her salt until she dies.”

    This is one thing that is also so maddening. Why won’t they release the name, the picture of her face, and her information? Because they want to protect the criminal and her family’s reputation. Any media that violates the personal identity blackout law involving criminal cases, they will be subjected to lawsuits by the criminal’s families.

    Korea’s entire judicial system is just an one big joke. It only protects the criminals and not the victims who have no rights. If this had happened to my daughter or any of my family, I would just take the law into my own hands and kill that bitch slowly. Because there’s no sense relying on Korean police or the Korean courts. They will always side with the criminals. And the ‘human rights’ activists will make sure of that.

    • Mighty曹

      This reminds me of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”. Great movie!

    • David

      I have been watching this for so many years and I just can not understand why. Most people do not have sympathy for criminals, why do the judges? Really, why? I don’t believe this woman was able to pay a judge for a light sentence. It seems like there is a blind spot in the minds of many Koreans that criminals are sorry and will be better next time (even multiple repeat offenders are often given light sentences).

      • koike

        I think one of the reasons might be to protect the criminals family not the criminal person. In many countries what your parents/relatives do is seen as being inherently part of you. The stigma of being related to a murderer could ruin someone’s entire life.

        • David

          Good answer, thank you. Sounds like a need for judicial AND social reform.

  • linette lee

    I am completely disgusted that the father got off. He is just as guilty if he knew about it. How the hxll the judge came up with this reasoning that the father wasn’t guilty? I would like to understand his logic and how his brain works to come up with his decision. The father knew about it all along how she treats the children and HE IS NOT GUILTY???? So many psychotic parenting children and then you have a retard judge in the system. Poor kids.

    • Mighty曹

      Exactly! How can he not know of the abuse that was going on? (This reminds me of the other story where the father was also ‘not aware’).

      • Boris

        The Ulsan Step-mother story linked at the top of this article? As it did remind me of that.

        • Mighty曹

          Yup, it’s hard to believe he was that clueless.

  • linette lee

    That is why every country needs death sentence to get rid of human trash. Put these human garbage in nice warm jail with delicious free meals and free medical care for 10 years funded by the taxpayers. She must be clapping with joy cause no need to work hard worrying about money and she is old and about to retire anyway. In USA and Hk loser people who are jobless homeless without money they do petty crimes just to go back to jail. I kid you not. They are frequent visitors to the police station for possession of drugs and other petty crime. I remember watching TV one guy said he knows he will keep going back to jail and die in jail cause he has no where to go anyway. What a joke and waste of money. Use those tax money on something else.

    • Chucky3176

      I can’t believe I’m agreeing with linette on this. It must be the first time, ever. lol… For that, I’ve up voted you one.

      • Mighty曹

        This marks the beginning of a beautiful relationship. :p

    • Zappa Frank

      A prisoner in death row costs a lot more than one lifetime sentenced. Have you ever been to jail to be so sure how is life there? If really people want to go there because have no place to go? This is usually an argument used by many people to justify the awful conditions of jails.. the truth is different, the life in jail is extremely hard.
      The purpose of society is not to feed blood thirsty people nor to avenge, but to make a safe country and reeducate, as much as possible, even the people who committed a crime.
      Not to mention that a death sentence is a one way ticket, if the guilty later is proofed to be innocent is too late.

      • Anthony M Ludovici

        So… Your argument against the death penalty is the US-specific constraints imposed on its usage by US-liberals, who created the elaborate appeals process precisely to discredit it….?

        Bizarre reasoning.

        >The purpose of society is not to feed blood thirsty people nor to avenge

        Says who? This is subjective and based on your own axiomatic deductive reasoning, it’s not universal. Besides, it’s safer to execute because executed people have a zero percent recidivism rate.

        I’ve yet to see liberals take responsibility for recidivist criminals in the West who are entirely their responsibility in the first place.

        • Zappa Frank

          Say who? Ever read any western constitution ?
          The appeals are necessary since once you killed someone there’s no way back, so you should be sure 200% of his guilty, but even in this case innocents can be sentenced.
          Someone condemned to death in case can get a life time sentence, is not going to be recidivism anyway..

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            Ever read any western constitution ?

            I have read and understood the laws of Solon, Polybius’ treatment of the Roman Republic, the constitution of the Venetian Republic etc.

            I have yet to see anything in these which states righteous vengeance against those who commit evil acts and take loved ones from you in cold blood is “wrong”.

            Who says it is wrong? Take your secularized protestantism masquerading as “rationalism” and shove it up your atheist ass. The West is more than gay pride parades and idiotic mass democracies.

            The appeals are necessary

            They’re not necessary. They exist to make lawyers money and to discredit capital punishment.

            Fucking liberals are insane. They’ll whoop with glee if a “racist” or “homophobe” gets murdered, but they’ll hold candlelit vigils for cold blooded killers like Stanley Williams.

            but even in this case innocents can be sentenced.

            Yes, “innocents” like Rubin Carter. lol.

            is not going to be recidivism anyway..

            Where I’m from, life doesn’t correspond to life. Something like two thousand people have been murdered since the death penalty was abolished in the 1960s by recidivist murderers who were let out of jail by liberal parole boards.

            Here’s an idea: The parole board members who voted for the release of a man who kills or rapes again should be shot. They’re just as liable.

          • Zappa Frank

            I thought to talk to a normal person not to a crazy one. I forfeit, you would drive me in your territory and beat me with your experience.

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            Centuries old ideas? Plenty of countries (Singapore, China, Japan etc) enforce the kinds of policies I’m referring to.

            Maybe you’ve convinced yourself the endemic criminality we live with over here is acceptable, but I’ve actually traveled outside of it and can speak more than one language. I know it’s bullshit.

            Defending criminals isn’t really humanitarian anyway, it’s driven by an egomaniac’s desire to appear holier than thou in front of his liberal peers.

            And again, Western Civilization is not gay pride parades and pornography, no matter how much you want it to be. That’s like calling the degenerate shit in late antiquity before the Empire fell the mainstay of Greco-Roman culture.

          • Trisha Tolkien

            FWIW I agree with you. I have a kinda unique perspective on issues of American justice because my mother killed her bf when I was a child and she was convicted of 2nd degree murder. Because of the liberal court system she only spent 4.5 years in prison. She got out and has committed literally hundreds of crimes since then and never had any real chance at making a life with a felony murder conviction on her record…she got a job in a factory for a couple months then went back to a life of crime. well, she never left a life of crime but she went back to having it be her sole focus. She killed a man in cold blood and I believe she should have died for it.

    • TheCorean

      I think death sentence is too good for the offender.

    • David

      Last time I looked, Korea technically has the Death sentence. However, even though there are people on death row, they have not executed anybody for more than 15 years (’96?). Today there is zero chance for a person sentenced to death to actually be killed.

    • commander

      Isn’t it possible there is a person like Jean Valjean who did the mistake of stealing bread, but regretted it but can’t assimilate into society branding him as “incorrigible criminal, ” with the only viable option for the person becoming a recidivist? What’s your take on this?

      • Anthony M Ludovici

        Valjean is a fictional character. The poor in Western countries do not steal for subsistence reasons anymore. Be reasonable.

        • commander

          I intend him as an example of those who comitted some petty crimes on the impulse of the moment and and are regretful but face a wall of pyblic prejudice making them relapse into another crime, be Valjean ficitious or not. Look at the main point but marginal one.

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            But there’s a greater emphasis on rehabilitation than ever before in the West, and recidivism rates are well over half.

          • commander

            You get me wrong. I never say that all those who committed crimesant to wash their hands and get back to society. Nor do I say that all those criminals are deeply ingrained crime perpetrators.

            What I intend to say is neither hatred-fueled punishment nor benficience-motivated penalty is an anwser we seek in dealing with crimes.

          • Anthony M Ludovici

            I believe in hatred as a moral force. Hatred and righteous violence against those who wantonly commit murder, rape and other forms of evil is morally desirable. It’s holy.

          • Thor

            Zappa Frank was right. You’re fucking crazy. Everything you say is meant to justify violence by any means, just like dictators do, and end up with a society even more violent than its criminals.

          • Trisha Tolkien

            I think it’s worth mentioning that prisons in the USA have been largely privatized so there’s an incentive by the owners of the prison corps. to have “repeat customers” that the taxpayer is guaranteed to foot the bill for.

        • Trisha Tolkien

          To be fair, some poor people in the USA still do steal to support themselves. Whether it’s the thievery/fraud of selling their food stamps for .50 on the dollar, or outright stealing to pay their rent.

  • RaphaeI

    Internet stories about horrific cruelty usually don’t get to me, because they seem so commonplace and usually leave me feeling desensitized. But this story got to me. What a vile, callous bitch. The sentence is completely inadequate.

  • Mighty曹

    Regardless of ethnicity or country, Stepmothers are almost always evil (there are some good ones) and some Stepfathers are rapists/molesters to the stepchildren. Why can’t parents with the new ‘spouse’ see that and protect the children?

    • Boris

      Step parents aren’t almost always evil. My grandmother is my father’s step-mother. My father and his sibling treat her like she is their biological mother because she was good. I was the first grandchild born after she married my Grandfather. She treated me just like her own. She had a daughter from her first marriage. Both her and my grandfather had their previous spouses pass away. And that is one example of many that I know of. Maybe it is an East-Asian thing that the step-mother is evil?

      • David

        Well, just look at poor Cinderella. There is a reason why it is a stereotype.

      • Mighty曹

        I didn’t say ‘all’ are. I happen to know some good and bad ones. What’s obvious is this, I can see and feel the good ones’ genuine love for the step children, whereas, with the bad ones, I sense the superficial display of affection. I can only imagine what really goes on at home. When the kid misbehaves, I can see the step mother’s killer’s stare saying “Wait ’til we get home”.

    • Claude

      There was an experiment that was related to The Selfish Gene Theory. Subjects were ask to old there faces under water for a child or sibling or first or second cousin, or a friend and they study suggests that a person will stay under water longer for a child or sibling vs a first or second cousin. Meaning, they are wiling to make a greater sacrifice for a closest family members in an attempt to preserve the family gene pool.

      So yeah, in theory step-mom’s or dads should care less about step-children since they are not their own offspring. Having said that, my step-dad is a great guy except when I was a kid he tried to drown me but he was just teaching me to swim….

  • All these Korean killer moms watched too much palace dramas
    On a second note, the food is still healthier than its counterpart in China!

  • Boris

    If that had happened to a sibling of mine, and only 10 years given, I would probably plot revenge and take it the day this woman is released from prison.

    I’d do it so she’d beg me for death.

  • commander

    I am worried if the surviving boy, after going through harsh mistreatment by his stepmother, can adapt himself to the world as an adult.

    As you know, childhood abuses extremely sway the psyche of children and all the more so when maltreatments are made by those who are supposed to be the best guardians in their lives–parents.

    The lingering harmful effects on children should be taken into consideration when judges weigh a sentence for inhumane abusers.

    The problem of child abuses should be taken seriously in a nation where people think that family matters should stay out of the law. Children protection is the duty for all in society.

  • holdingrabbits

    If I’ve learned anything from Koreabang, it’s that being a step-daughter in Korea is the worst thing you can be.

    • Olivier69

      I second that!!!! : (

  • Rinetto Shii

    I have no words….this is vile, sick and disgusting. Keep the so-called ‘mother’ in prison for another 50 years!

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    She called him to an unattended motel in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, in June
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  • Korean woman dismember body, abandon separate place to buy jewellery
    http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/43285120140610.png

    It is true story.

    Korea is in high unemployment rate now.

    36 years old Korean woman lure 50 years old Korean man in the Internet
    chatting site.

    She called him to an unattended motel in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, in June
    26th, 2014.

    She stabbed him on the neck and chest over 30 times with 1 foot long
    Sashimi Knife.

    She bought chainsaw, detergent, plastic bags in nearby convenience
    store.

    She amputated his body and put his legs in plastic bags.

    She drove her car and threw those body parts all over Gyeonggi-do.

    She steals his credit card and bought 3,000,000 Won worth of necklaces
    and rings.

    The police arrested her by tracing surveillance cameras.

    She insisted that the man tried to have sex with her, so she
    accidentally stabbed with a self-defence knife.

    Police suspected her because she bought precious metals at once, even
    she doesn’t have job.

    And she also had an expensive Benz car.

    She doesn’t have crime records but the police are investigating her further
    crimes for purchase Benz.

    Be careful if you visit Korea!

    It is the inevitable way
    for Korean women to survive in this economy.

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