Court finds woman guilty of drowning her nephew

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL: The New Taipei District Court said that the 39-year-old’s ‘disciplinary’ methods led to the death of the teenager, who had learning disabilities

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 04, 2020
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

A New Taipei City woman was yesterday convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison for the drowning death of her 15-year-old learning-disabled nephew, while the High Court reduced the sentences of two people convicted in the 2007 murder of a homeless man as part of an insurance fraud.

The teen’s body was found in the Sanchong District (三重) home of his 39-year-old aunt, surnamed Liu (劉), with his hands and legs bound in ropes.

Liu told the New Taipei District Court that she had used ropes to restrain her nephew because he would not listen to instructions, and that while she had been trying to punish him, she had not meant for him to drown.

The teen reportedly had behavior problems due to his disabilities, and had once set his family’s home on fire while playing with a lighter.    [FULL  STORY]

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