Father sentenced for neglecting intellectually disabled daughter

By Lim Jeong-yeo
  • Published : Sept 16, 2018 - 13:26
  • Updated : Sept 16, 2018 - 13:26

A man in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, was slapped with six months’ prison and a two-year suspended term for neglecting his 6-year-old child with a mental disability in a trash-filled room and starving her. He was also ordered 80 hours of community service.

The suspended term means he is unlikely to see the inside of a jail cell, barring other developments. 


The Cheongju District Court said Sunday that it handed down the sentence to the 46-year-old on a violation of the Child Welfare Act.

The man works as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant. He was sent to the court on an accusation of leaving his daughter, who has a third-grade intellectual disability, alone for 12 hours in a room filled with rubbish and without food daily in January and February.

Having a third-grade intellectual disability in Korea means having an IQ of between 50 and 70. Those who fall under this classification can assimilate into social life through education.

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