The South China Morning Post reports (paywall) on the tragic story of a three-month-old baby boy whose “utterly cruel” mother starved him to death by diluting his milk formula.
District Court Deputy Judge Pang Chung-ping said the sentence imposed on So Suk-yee, 32, should serve as a deterrent to protect other children. He said society did not tolerate such abominable crimes, which went against human nature.
“The deceased was as thin as a lath and his appearance was horrible. Any ordinary person who looked at the photos would have surely shown sympathy towards him,” Pang said.
The court heard that So was aware that the boy was suffering from malnutrition but did not take him to hospital to receive help. When he was eventually admitted the boy weighed “half of what a normal baby of that age should weigh.” The court found that the death was due to “prolonged neglect” for which So demonstrated no remorse.
So was jailed for six years, of her four other children, two have been taken into care while two are in the custody of relatives.