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Mother Given Suspended Sentence After Killing Her Disabled Son

It's hard to process it when a mother is accused of murdering her own child, and usually it's considered one of the most vicious crimes of all. It's even more shocking when the victim was disabled. One mother in China was recently tried for killing her disabled son, but the judge showed the woman mercy. She was given a suspended sentence.

An 83-year-old mother from the Guangdong province had cared for her disabled son all of her life. Known only as Huang, the woman snapped and decided to kill her 46-year-old son, Li, one day. She gave the man 60 sleeping pills, then strangled him with a silk scarf while covering his nose with cotton pads.

Li was premature when he was born, and he had several severe mental and physical disabilities. He couldn't walk or talk, and his condition had worsened significantly as he aged.

Huang feared she was nearing the end of her life. She wrote a letter explaining that she had hatched the plan all by herself, and that no one helped her follow through with it.

During the trial, she told the court that after she died, no one would be able to look after Li. The elderly woman said she never thought about hurting him before, and she gave herself up to police immediately after the murder.

“I’m getting older and weaker and might die before him,” police say Huang told them when she turned herself in for the crime. “The idea of killing him occurred to me a week before [the murder] and I had been struggling.”

“I would never give up on him. He was my son,” said the tearful mother to the court. “But for the past two years my own health was too poor to take care of him anymore.”

Li had an older brother, and Huang was asked why she didn't just arrange for her other son to take care of his brother. She said she didn't want to burden her healthy son with Li.

“It was my fault to give birth to him and make him suffer,” Huang was quoted as saying. “I’d rather commit murder than leave him to someone else.”

The older son said his mother had lovingly looked after Li since he was born. When Li was just 10, the mother was forced to stop working and care for her son on a full-time basis, and had been doing so for the last 36 years.

The judge said that even though what Huang did was wrong, he didn't think she deserved prison. “She deserves mercy even though she did break the law,” said Wan Yunfeng, the president of the court and head judge.

Huang was sentenced to three years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence for four years, allowing the elderly woman to go free after the trial. She is not considered a threat to society.

Many sympathized with the mother and, right or wrong, saw her actions as an attempt to be merciful to her suffering son.

Source: Yahoo
Photo: Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court

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