A tiger mum who whipped her adopted son with a skipping rope because he did not finish his homework has been jailed for six months in eastern China.
Mum jailed for beating his son because he did not finish his homework
A mother has been jailed for six months for whipping her son as punishment for not finishing his homework.
Named only Li by the Chinese media, the woman beat and left visible scars on her nine-year-old son.
She was only arrested when shocking pictures of the child’s injuries emerged online.
Li admitted beating the boy with a skipping rope and back scratcher.
Li - described as being in her 50s - admitted thrashing the boy, who was also her blood nephew, with a skipping rope and a back scratcher. She told the court she'd whipped him because "he didnít finish his homework and told lies."
She said in her statement: "Iím not a bad mother. I just donít want him to tell lies."
The case is one of the first recorded of an adult being charged with assaulting a child, accepted as normal in China for generations. Li's conviction started a call for tougher sentences with commentators saying she should have been jailed for six years.
The boy had been adopted by Li from his parents in a remote Anhui province village, China so he could get a better education in the city. Court officials have sent him back to his family while his adoptive mother serves her jail sentence.
The court ruling said: "No matter how much she cares and loves her son, she must face the consequences of her actions."
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