8-year jail term upheld for woman over 10-year-old’s death

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld an eight-year sentence given to a Keelung woman over the 2019 death of a 10-year-old girl who doctors later determined had suffered severe physical abuse.
In a ruling, the Supreme Court said it had rejected an appeal from the woman, identified as Liu (劉), found guilty by the Taiwan High Court of maltreating and physically abusing an employee’s 10-year-old daughter who later died from her injuries.
The girl’s mother, who worked at a market stall owned by Liu, had allowed her daughter to live with her employer between August 2018 and March 2019, because the girl’s father was suffering from a mental disorder.
During her time living in Liu’s home, the girl told teachers and school nurses that Liu repeatedly beat her after school staff noticed the girl was severely bruised.
The girl was admitted to hospital in Taipei in March 2019, dying 20 days after receiving emergency surgery to remove blot clots from her brain.
Two forensic examinations later determined that the girl had been subjected to severe physical abuse.
A district court handed Liu an eight-year sentence after determining the injuries she had inflicted on the girl that led to her death.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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