Ulsan Woman Beats Her Stepdaughter to Death

On November 4th, Ulsan police announced that they had charged a woman with the savage beating death of her eight-year-old stepdaughter. The girl had apparently suffered from two years of constant abuse, during which the mother told her biological father and the community that she kept on “getting into accidents”. Online, the story brought an outpouring of rage and sorrow as netizens asked how the husband and her community could have been ignorant of the shocking violence. The story grew even more tragic when it emerged that the woman had two biological children of her own, who lived in the same house as the stepmother scalded, kicked, and punched her husband’s daughter.

Article from Yonhap:

After Abusing Her Stepdaughter, Lies Abound… “The Two-faced Stepmother”

Photo provided by the police showing an x-ray taken in May of the stepdaughter's leg after she was hospitalized. At that time, the stepmother beat the girl so badly that she broke her femur.

Photo provided by the police showing an x-ray taken in May of the stepdaughter’s leg after she was hospitalized. At that time, the stepmother beat the girl so badly that she broke her femur.

(Ulsan=Yonhap News) Journalist Heo Gwangmu

The revelation that the eight-year-old daughter who died at the hands of her stepmother had suffered through years of abuse is provoking national grief and outrage. Details have emerged that every time the stepmother beat and abused her stepdaughter, she told people that the girl got hurt “by accident.”

The Ulsan Ulju Police Station announced on November 4th that the charges brought against Park ****, 40, a stepmother who beat her stepdaughter Lee ****, 8, to death have been corrected from the original charge of ‘bodily harm resulting in death’ to include ‘abuse resulting in death,’ ‘child abuse,’ in addition to other crimes.

Investigators concluded that rather than dying from a single instance of violence committed by her stepmother, the daughter suffered for approximately the past two years from habitual violence and abuse. According to police, Park concocted lies to tell her husband that would cover up the terrible injuries she was inflicting on her stepdaughter.

On May 21 of 2012, in the village of Beomseo in Ulju, Ulsan City, Mrs. Park kicked her stepdaughter in the thigh multiple times, breaking a bone that took ten weeks to heal. The violence was triggered by the stepdaughter arriving home thirty minutes late. Park lied to her husband, telling him, “The kid got hurt falling down the stairs at her hagwon (private academy).”

On October 31 of 2012, after an argument with her husband over her punishment of Lee, he left the home, giving Park the opportunity to drag the young girl to the bathroom and scald her with hot water, giving her second degree burns. This time, when her husband came home she told him, “I turned up the boiler to get the hot water to come out. The kid didn’t know and burned herself.”

Park even tried to cover up her behavior on the day her stepdaughter took her last breath. On the 24th of October, Park responded to her stepdaughter’s request to go out with friends by severely punching and kicking her in the head and chest. Then she made the severely bruised Lee get into a full bathtub of warm water because ‘if you soak your whole body in warm water the bruises will fade quickly.’ However, as 16 of Miss Lee’s 24 ribs were broken, one of them ended up piercing her lungs and causing internal bleeding, she struggled to breathe and finally died.

In the midst of this, Mrs. Park received a phone call from her husband, who had gone to work in the city. She told him, “(Your daughter) went out with friends.” After Miss Lee’s death, Mrs. Park, worried that the situation would snowball, told emergency responders, “My daughter went to take a bath, but she fell in the bathtub and died.” Later, at Lee’s funeral service, Mrs. Park emphatically told people it was “an accident” and concealed her crime.

Because Lee’s father, who lived away from home due to his work in the real estate industry, only visited the home about twice per month, police determined that not only could he not witness his wife’s abuse, but that he also believed every lie she told him. Park was able to maintain her double life without difficulty.

The Parent Teacher Association Board at Lee’s elementary school was active, and appeared enthusiastic in sending the girl to a hagwon for private lessons. People at school remembered Lee as a bright child. If anyone occasionally asked her about the bruises on her face caused by her stepmother, she would tell them, “I got hurt at home,” but would never make mention of her stepmother’s violence. Because of this, those in the neighborhood and at school did not suspect domestic violence or abuse, and, according to the police, did not even know that Mrs. Park was not the birth mother.

Image taken on November 13th showing the memorial set up in front of Lee's school.

Image taken on November 13th showing the memorial set up in front of Lee’s school.

The fact about the case that has caused the most furor was that Park is the mother of two children of her own. According to the police, Park is separated from Lee’s father, who is keeping the two children they had together. He has not filed for divorce yet, with the aim of maintaining a normal school life for the children. The divorce will be delayed until after the children graduate from school so that they will not have to be labeled a “children from a broken family” or suffer psychological trauma because of their mother.

One police officer stated, “When I think of my own children, it becomes difficult to accept the reality that there are children out there who we have to protect who are being abused.”

Meanwhile, the news of Park’s abuse and her young daughter’s tragedy have caused national grief and outrage.

On Naver, ‘fori****’ commented, “Even grown men cannot tolerate that kind of assault and those kinds of severe acts… What’s more, it’s clear that she did not feed the child properly and now she went ahead and… It’s horrible to even think about.”

‘sani****’ wrote, “This is a really shocking article. It’s not easy to break even one rib, and she broke 16… How on earth did she hit her that much?”

‘vmax****’ “I’m filled with anger. For goodness’ sake, I pray that you forget this hateful world and go to a place full of only happy and pleasant things.”

In addition, one reader asked how to send monetary support for the deceased Lee.

On Twitter ID ‘APT*****’ said, “The stepdaughter was just an object for the stepmother to vent her anger on, but that’s not what human beings are for.”

Comments from Naver:

pqzm****:

This is really heartbreaking. How much must that girl have wanted to go out with her friends… The stepmother is the stepmother but I think that we have to ask about the father’s responsibility too.

moon****:

Why don’t you tell us the name and identity of this woman? Let’s look at her face.

grim****:

The kid must have been so afraid… And how hard she must have kept an eye out for what was coming… My tears are flowing… May this baby be comfortable and happy in heaven… Ah seriously…..

kill****:

It said she still beat her even when her bone looked broken like that. This kid was too pitiful… sob.. As for the stepmother, even if you hadn’t beaten the kid as she got bigger and started treating her better it still wouldn’t have been good enough, but you just attacked her without mercy. Seriously, go to hell.

jein****:

Ah, I cried because looking at that picture made me feel so wretched. yu yu That must have hurt so much. yu yu Seriously, what can a kid do to deserve that?”

left****:

Our system definitely needs the death penalty.”

In this photo taken on November 5th, residents of Ulsan encourage neighbors to sign a petition asking for strict punishment for the stepmother.

In this photo taken on November 5th, residents of Ulsan encourage neighbors to sign a petition asking for strict punishment for the stepmother.

jk10****:

I am in favor of the death penalty…………………..

jnso****:

So Cinderella’s evil stepmother really does exist. That woman’s kids are going to receive their mother’s karma.

dggd****:

The stepmother needs to die the same way. How hard must she have hit the kid to break her thigh into two pieces? Even if she is ripped to pieces it would be too easy..

pgy1****:

Lock the husband up, wasn’t he an accomplice too? That kind of trash…………. I’m all riled up. That must have been so painful and agonizing, seriously ah………….. aaaaahhh I’m seriously gonna go crazy. I’m out of control, seriously this makes me wanna die…

Comments from Daum:

그림자:

“I am so outraged…. but sad… I’m crying!………* baby!…How much that must have hurt… how lonely and sad must she have been?…Please, I’m praying for a good place for her… for her to meet good parents…!”

소나무:

Ah. My heart is broken. Eight-years-old is still a baby…… Little baby, rest in peace in heaven….

어필:

I’m crying because my heart is aching. May you spend your next life brightly and happily with good parents~

마요라:

There was habitual abuse but the husband didn’t know~ That’s just neglect~ Throw him in jail too~

상큼이:

Let’s alert the community! Your kids have to know what kind of woman you are”

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  • David

    All I can think of is that poor girl suffering for two years with nobody looking out for her. The father should also be arrested for negligence. In the U.S. (where unfortunately this type of thing is all too common) teachers are required by law to be mandatory reports of suspected abuse. It just tears you up inside to read this.

    • Brett

      Funny how we think alike… The first thing I thought while reading this was “why, in the name of all that is good, did her teacher not report anything the police?”

      8 (6/7 depending on her birthday in the west) is too young to have to know how ugly people can be. I can only feel sorrow when reading stories about children in abusive households.

      • chucky3176

        Because Koreans are often reluctant to get involved in family matters which are regarded as private matters for the individual family, and none of the business of others.

        • David

          This is very true. While of course I agree to a certain extent that family matters are private, there has to be a point where you ask what is happening. Obviously that point in this case was passed.

    • Mighty曹

      Laws in the US tend to be a bit over protective of children, which is a good thing. On the news just last night, a father left his 5 year old son in the car while he went inside the casino to gamble. The boy was left in the car for 3 hours until he was found wandering the facility at 4:30am.

  • k.ftw

    I’m thinking about the fear this little girl felt because of living with a monster. *sigh*

  • MyMotto

    Only being home 2 days out of the month isnt an excuse, you need to know who you leave your kids with. Id get a scratch on my face at school and my mom would ask me a milliom questions about it. Falling down the stairs really?, nobody gets into “accidents” that much.

    • dffd

      thats cause ur a mommas boy

      • MyMotto

        Maybe, but I have a vagina, so I dont really count as a boy

      • David

        or she has a mother that actually cared for her.

    • Jahar

      well, he married the woman, so I’m sure he thought he knew her. I wanted to put “thought” in italics, but I don’t know how to do that without opening a word document…

  • markus peg

    something should have been done after the case back in May.
    The step mother is a monster and the dad should have spoken to his daughter more without her around.
    poor girl…

  • Mighty曹

    No excuse for the father to not even suspect anything. If he did he would have asked his daughter (in private) and provided assurance that she would be okay if she told him the truth.

  • chucky3176

    Normally she’ll get 2 years, 1.5 years in probation and 6 months in jail. The judge will probably say she repents her guilt, and she has family, including two kids at home, as well as her beatings weren’t meant to murder her (accidental homicide). So, in light of these special circumstances, the sentencing will reflect these factors.

    But now that the press got involved and there’s a national outrage, look for the judge to go hard on her. She’ll probably get around 5 years in jail, tops. I’m serious.

    What this country needs is a complete overhaul of the justice system, period.

    • holdingrabbits

      Yeah, it’s a system that doesn’t really value human life. I love Korea, but it’s quite disgusting in this respect.

      • chucky3176

        Well value human life, depends on the point of view. The judges will say it’s inhumane to put away a person for life, when she has two children at home, who will then lose their mother. The problem is the justice system in Korea values the human lives of criminals, over the victims. It’s even against the law to reveal the faces, names, and pictures of the accused. The reason? To protect the innocent families related to the accused, against possible public anger or ostracism.

        • holdingrabbits

          The fact that anyone would even consider this woman fit to be around children is mind-blowing. I have heard that they don’t want to put anyone away for too long, but if they would consider letting this mother raise her children after killing another child then that’s insane. I too think “life” imprisonment is much too long for some crimes, but the average for murder here is 7 years, right? That seems much too short.

          • pingu777

            So you’re telling me murders get released after 7 years? That even after they killed a person they are allowed to walk the streets?

          • chucky3176

            Seven years for murder is about average. Anything over ten is first degree murders and they’re remorseful in the court. Anything approaching 10 years is considered harsh punishment in South Korea. The only time you get life are the serial killers who committed heinous murders, who should be in death row, but aren’t, because Korea is very reluctant to carry out the death penalty (haven’t had one since 1997). But like I said, it’s highly unlikely she’ll get seven, considering that she has two children whom the sentencing judge will weigh. I think at most, she’ll get five, due to all the bad press. Two to three years in prison are given for manslaughter charges normally. In the past, there have been deaths of students who were victims of bullying, being tortured to death for days, and the perps who were considered model students, walked free, or given very light sentences like 6 months to 2 years.

            The Korean judges are completely fucked up, they care more about the criminals, than the victims. The police also make the accused and the victims, sit side by side, while interrogating them. This is humiliating and traumatic for the victims of crime, who have sit there together with the criminals and face them face to face. There are no victim rights.

            This all probably goes back to Korea’s authoritarian government days up to the late 1980’s when people were picked up on trumped up charges for political activity, then tortured and imprisoned unjustly. The judges who were the generation that lived through all that, are traumatized to the point they think they need to defend the rights of the accused and end up over protecting them. The entire Korean police, judicial, the law, and the society are very sensitive to criticism about protecting human rights because of the dark past.

          • alawyer

            Really? Can you back up anything you just said?

          • holdingrabbits

            Yes, on average it’s 7 years.

          • kyuhyun lover

            murders aren’t that common so sentencing isn’t as fierce I hear it’s because Korean systems knows that once they are out they won’t make the same mistakes plus so money isn’t used too much on prisons.

          • chucky3176

            I have no doubt she will get her children back, based on the past judge’s decisions. There was a little girl who was raped by her father, and the judge gave the girl right back to her parents because the judge felt that the father was remorseful and reformed. These judges just don’t get it, but it’s also the fault of the lawmakers who are in charge of the sentencing guidelines that these judges follow. But the lawmakers are too busy scoring political points against one another to care about these small unimportant issues. And nothing gets passed in the floors, just about every bill proposals are a struggle to be passed, and bi-partisan support is rare. Korea’s “democratic” system makes the US Senate look like an absolute case of sheer efficiency.

            I’m all for a Korean dictator to take over and sweep these useless corrupt fuckers out of power and clean house.

    • A Pinky Promise

      But if you share hentai, you get 5 years LOL

    • Nothing new in South Korea

      Korean teenage girl who kept her pregnancy hidden from her new boyfriend threw newborn baby out of window just after giving birth in toilet on 6th floor motel in Busan, South Korea, on 14th January, 2014.

      A teenage girl who gave birth in a motel bathroom threw her newborn baby boy out of window.

      By abandoning newborn baby boy threw out of the motel window, a teenage girl was caught by police on suspicion of killing her own baby.

      On 16th January, Busan Northern police station said that they investigating 17-year-old teenage girl for alleged killing and murder her baby by throwing it through the motel window right after the birth.

      According to police, the teenage girl gave birth of a boy in the 6th floor of a motel in Buk-Gu, Busan, at 5:00 AM and threw the baby out of motel window to death of hypo-temperature in winter.

      The thrown baby was fallen on the top of the motel parking lot tent and dead in winter cold wave.

      At 8:20 PM on 13th January, the teenage girl booked the motel with her 19-year-old new boyfriend then she gave birth to a baby alone in the bathroom.

      During police investigation the teenage girl stated that she told her boyfriend “I have a stomach ache.” and ask him to buy some medicines in four times. During her boyfriend is out to go to pharmacy she gave birth alone.

      She was afraid of abandoned by her new boyfriend if he knew that she gave birth of other guy’s baby and she told a lie to him.

      The teenage girl have worked in a convenience store part-time job after dropping out of high school, and she pregnant while she hung out 17-year-old ex-boyfriend in April last year

      The current health of the teenage girl is not so well and she receives medical treatment under police investigation.

      The police said that her 19-year-old new boyfriend did not know about it and did not an accomplice till now.

      The picture which was taken by eyewitness is spread on the internet.

  • That’s marvelous

    Korea must be a seriously ill society of indifference and
    individualism. People too caught up in their own daily insignificant
    worries.

    Everybody must have seen something odd. Yet
    they all *chose* to believe the mother’s stories, just because that was
    the most comfortable choice. All it would have taken was one critical
    thought from one person, one anonymous call to the police.

    All the people that have had contact with her should take a big ashamed look at themselves.

    “Ich habe as nicht gewusst” BS.

    • ElectricTurtle

      “Individualism” as though it were a dirty word. Pffff.

      Speaking as a father myself, I think a lot more blame should be levied toward the father in this. Only being home once or twice a month is unacceptable. That is not fatherhood, kids need more than a paycheck in their lives. He should have had a better relationship with his daughter so that he would know what was really going on.

      • That’s marvelous

        Individualism has its good and bad sides, and this is one example of the latter. I don’t believe that in a situation where others would have looked out for each other even a little bit, neighbors, teachers, this would have happened to this extent and over this period of time.

        About the father; maybe this was the only way to put food on the table. You could also say he was willing to sacrifice time spent with his family (which must have been tough for him too), in order to provide for them. It’s not an unusual situation in Asia.

        • David

          The sad truth is that even though everybody claims ignorance, people did know and they chose to ignore it and hope it would resolve itself (which it did, the girl is dead). Even if a neighbor had called the police they most likely would have been told to mind their own business. When I first started working at my school (a Korean international school in China) I asked what the policy was for reporting suspected abuse. I was told quite emphatically that there was no abuse of children at our school and that if I thought otherwise I should re-examine why I wanted to be at this school (it is as if the school was insulted by the idea that any child who went there could be abused and that if they were it would reflect badly on the school so no child should have the bad manners of being hut while there). The same attitude seems to apply to student suicides and sexual abuse unless it is flagrant.

  • Butsu

    “He has not filed for divorce yet, with the aim of maintaining a
    normal school life for the children. The divorce will be delayed until
    after the children graduate from school so that they will not have to be
    labeled a “children from a broken family” or suffer psychological
    trauma because of their mother.”

    This is slightly off topic but…Why is it like this in a lot of places in Asia? I will never understand it. My parents divorced when I was 7, sure it was tough, sure I was sad. But in the long run I realized that I was far better off than living in some sick happy family fantasy where no one is actually happy. Becasue trust me, this kids will notice. If the mother and father can behave like adults, there will likely be no psychological trauma either. Unless the child is extremely fragile mentally.

    • commander

      Agreed.

      But what makes couples dither in gettibg divorced is their common concerns over possible psychological impact on their children at early ages.

      You are over metal shocks from the parental divorce.

      Many cases are not the same as yours.

      Patental concern over children’s well-being overrides the pursuit of happiness in Asia–a point that baffles westerners who less value parents-to-children bond than their own life.

      That doesnt mean the western life philosophy is wrong.

      Two different worlds exist at the same time.

      • bigmamat

        I think the mental shock of watching your mother beat your sister to death is enough. Divorce afterward seems logical and normal. Not saying you will remain married because society has such a big stick up it’s ass. Because that is the real problem, not separation in the family these kids need to be as far away from this woman as possible. Koreans are only worried that other koreans will treat their kid like shit because of the divorce. It’s pathetic.

        • commander

          You get me wrong.

          What I want to say is Korean married couples ate less likely to take a choice of divorce in light of a prospect that their children may be mentally hurt and suffer negative stigmatization than Western counples, who put a more emphasis on their own life than children’s life.

          Of course, when grave domestic violence occurs, it is right to file for divorce.

          But then when irreconcible differences between spouses?

          Western couples are more likely to end marriage life with a divorce than South Korean couples.

          That’s what I want to talk.

          In South Korea, the divorce rate is growing but is still accepted as negative, in contrast to divorce is a matter of personal choice in westetn countries.

          • bigmamat

            I understand. I know all about the so called cultural difference. That is exactly what I am railing against. I’m not arguing that it is better to divorce. Families staying together is a good thing. However, I am arguing that it is ridiculous for a child to have so suffer stigmatization from the public because their parents divorced. That just happens to be the case in Korea.

          • commander

            We need to be careful when we say that face saving in social life is a crucial element for a person’s decision against divorce.

            The reason is that divorces are vastly different depedning individual cases.

            In fact, many divorced couples in Korea said in a survey that they regret the decision to go on a separate way as irreconcible differences at the time of divorce turn out to be bridgeable over time with open-minded talk with partners.

            There is the famous Confucian saying in South Korea: 수신제가치국평천하( 修身齊家治國平天下).

            This means four factors–self discipline, happy family life, governing a country, making peace in the world–inextricably interlocked, with the first element being basis for the second, which is the foundation for the third and so on.

            This means social stigma branded on divorced couples and their children have the negatice connotation that men and women are equally reprehensible for their broken marriages except extreme cases whete domestic violence, incorrigible gambling, infidelity etc. are involved.

            In a nutshell, family life is highly prized in South Korea, entailing the equal blame for collapsed marriages to separated couples, although a growing divorce rate deflect critical eyes for divorce a little bit.

          • bigmamat

            I wasn’t my idea the decision to not divorce for the kiddies was a face saving measure. I pulled it out of the article. “The divorce will be delayed until after the children graduate from school so that they will not have to be labeled a “children from a broken family” or suffer psychological trauma because of their mother.”

            So you go ahead a explain to me why it’s more desirable to stayed married to woman, in prison, who murdered your child than it is to divorce just so your other children can say their parents aren’t divorced. Ah the Korean social order.

            Pontificate to someone else on “negatice (your spelling not mine) connotation that men and women are equally reprehensible for their broken marriages” and whatever other confucian bullshit you are peddling. Stop trying to justify the Korean propensity to use brutal and inhumane tactics to uphold their archaic social structure.

          • commander

            Commenting on my smarphone is resonsible for some typos.

            There appears to be some misunderstanding between us.

            In a tragic incident that a delayed divorce and subsequent years of child abuse sparked, I never say that meaningless marriage life should continue to let children avoid social stigmatization.

            In inhumane cases where grave domestic violence is involved, divorce is a minimum of protection for abuses spouses and children.

            In the above comment, my point is that these days too many couples think light of marriages, and decide to get divorced without trying to bridge differences, leading to broken familes and casuingany social problems like adolescent delinquency.

            In the Ulsan savage beating and death incident, I think the father of tge dead child should have filed for divorce and that he is partly responsible for his child’s untimely death.

          • bigmamat

            Divorce can lead to adolescent delinquency but poverty has a greater impact on delinquent behavior. Divorce rates can be also effected by economic factors. I just think people get themselves pretty twisted up trying to defend traditional family values. It’s very hard to actually defend them with statistics.

            As for the culpability of the father, we can’t know if he was negligent, callous, distracted or all of those, there is just no way to know. Certainly he is not legally responsible. Unless there is indication that he attempted to cover up known abuse. I’m not sure how stringent Korean law is when it comes to child abuse anyway. I’d be more inclined to think that it doesn’t have the hodgepodge of laws we have in the U.S. I also wouldn’t surprise me if they are not nearly as stringent.

          • commander

            Poverty may be less of a factor in juvenile deliquency than a broekn family in that poverty for a strongly bonded family has few to lead youngsters into wrongdoings. And this general statement is meaningless as concrete cases have different combination of variables.

            Last, the leal liability for the father doesnt matter. As far as I know, nothing is more painful for parents than early death of a child.

            It’s all the more so especially when the death is preventable with more care and attention.

          • David

            OK, but you are not being completely honest here. In addition to the concern of the parents for the child’s mental welfare (the stigma attached to being a child of divorce is a social failing, not one of the child’s doing but children will tease him/hr anyway) the parents are worried about how THEY will look to family, friends and co-workers if they get divorced. There will be tremendous pressure from all of those to stay together because it will “look” better to others. The wife will have a harder time finding a job to support herself and kids and the husband will be looked down on for not being able to keep his family together. Korea is great has a great tradition of closeness between friends and family, which provides a great support network when tragedy strikes but they love to gossip more then anybody, so it is also like having the entire town know your business whenever you have a failing (which divorce for less then the most heinous cause is considered). Granted it is not as bad as it was 30 years ago but when somebody gets divorced there is still the automatic assumption that there is something “wrong” with them.

      • JoeChicago

        But would it not be more psychologically damaging for children to be part of an unhappy marriage? Thinking that simply staying married is less damaging to children is false. For children to be happy and safe, the parents must be happy as well. People who are depressed about their life would have a hard time creating a happy life for those around them. In the end, a divorce can lead to happier people and environment for the children.

        • commander

          You are right in theory.

          In South Korea, some full time house wives are hesitant in deciding to file for divorce as the stigma of divorce negatively influence theur children and divorcee often find it hard to get a job in a protracted economic slowdown.

          These factors push some house wives go agnoize over whether filinh for divorce is the best decision for her and her chidren.

          Of course, severe spousal violence obviate that contemplation, but in reality where a moderate level of a spousal row takes place, many parents often decided to endure a not perfectlt happy life in the belief that that’s the way it is in life.

  • Boris

    There have been cases like this back home (UK), but in those cases sometimes it was the social services workers who missed the signs. When such things happen, there is usually an investigation of how things could have been missed and try to prevent a repeat.

    Going by the news report, I don’t think much will be done and there will be repeats. There will be because there is no system or training in place. Do the teachers even get trained to know the tell tale signs of abuse?

    Getting a lot of bruises while ‘at home’ would suggest that was a sign. People just took it at face value.

    The woman should get life in jail. The system is too soft on Koreans in Korea.

    • David

      You must understand the mentality of a system where a judge will give a child rape victim back to the father who raped her, because he says he is remorseful. There would not have been any investigation of the kind you and I are familiar with in the west.

      • Boris

        This needs to change. And it won’t change with the corruption in place and people standing by allowing such corruption.

        Sadly, the only way things will work out or get fixed is if these things become a regular occurrence and people get pissed off enough to get off their backside and demand something is done about it.

        The system there needs an overhaul. It is really disgusting these things sentences are sent down.

  • Guest

    The fact about the case that has caused the most furor was that Park is the mother of two children of her own. According to the police, Park is separated from Lee’s father, who is keeping the two children they had together.

    i’m confused.. so the stepmother had two children with the father and they were separated and he kept the other two children? why did the stepmother look after the stepdaughter and not her own bio kids? i’m confused…

    • holdingrabbits

      I think that they separated after the murder.

  • holdingrabbits

    Don’t worry, justice will be served. This woman will be sentenced to a good 2 years in jail with a year of parole.

  • Balkan

    I don’t understand how it is possible that a relatively developed country that has a serious problem with family violence does not have an institution abused family members, especially children, cannot contact. Aren’t teachers trained to recognize the signs of family abuse? If a child is constantly “falling and getting hurt at home” and it never happens in school, doesn’t that say anything to teachers?

    This so sad that my heart breaks.

  • commander

    The breadth and depth of public fulmination over stepmother’s lethal battery and death of the child should lead to a sweeping review of present children human rights in the blind spot and the establishment of easily accessible child protection centers, along with toughened punishment of assailants.

    • David

      It will not. Not to be pessimistic, I wish it would but it just will not.

  • ChuckRamone

    This is literally something an animal would do, to keep its own offspring from having to compete for resources with someone else’s offspring. This woman is a piece of *%@!

  • Barack Obama

    where is a picture of the stepmother?

  • chucky3176

    Drunk driver runs over a biker, weaves uncontrollably trying to get away from witnesses who were pursuing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpYPZ7EWnb8

    Later on, the they found out that the drunk driver was a woman who naturalized to South Korean citizenship, who was originally from Mongolia. The judge freed the
    woman with fines because he said, get this, she was an immigrant who
    naturalized to Korean, so thus deserves lighter sentence.

    http://m.news.nate.com/view/20131120n37703&&mid=m03

    • TheImperator1346

      wow…this is beyond any sense

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    Korean teenage girl who kept her pregnancy hidden from her new boyfriend threw newborn baby out of window just after giving birth in toilet on 6th floor motel in Busan, South Korea, on 14th January, 2014.

    A teenage girl who gave birth in a motel bathroom threw her newborn baby boy out of window.

    By Abandoning newborn baby boy threw out of the motel window, a teenage girl was caught by police on suspicion of killing her own baby.

    On 16th January, Busan Northern police station said that they investigating 17-year-old teenage girl for alleged killing and murder her baby by throwing it through the motel window right after the birth.

    According to police, the teenage girl gave birth of a boy in the 6th floor of a motel in Buk-Gu, Busan, at 5:00 AM and threw the baby out of motel window to death of hypo-temperature in winter.

    The thrown baby was fallen on the top of the motel parking lot tent and dead in winter cold wave.

    At 8:20 PM on 13th January, the teenage girl booked the motel with her 19-year-old new boyfriend then she gave birth to a baby alone in the bathroom.

    During police investigation the teenage girl stated that she told her boyfriend “I have a stomach ache.” and ask him to buy some medicines in four times. During her boyfriend is out to go to pharmacy she gave birth alone.

    She was afraid of abandoned by her new boyfriend if he knew that she gave birth of other guy’s baby and she told a lie to him.

    The teenage girl have worked in a convenience store part-time job after dropping out of high school, and she pregnant while she hung out 17-year-old ex-boyfriend in April last year

    The current health of the teenage girl is not so well and she receives medical treatment under police investigation.

    The police said that her 19-year-old new boyfriend did not know about it and did not an accomplice till now.

  • A.

    That woman is sick in the head.

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