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Woman charged with allegedly torturing son

A 37-year-old widow was charged by the Kandal Provincial Court on Friday afternoon over allegedly beating and torturing her 6-year-old son.

Sok Vanna, 37, who lives in Doeum Mean commune in Kandal’s Takhmao town, was charged with an “intentional act of violence with aggravating circumstances”, said provincial court clerk Ly Sokheng.

Vanna was arrested on Thursday following her father’s complaint of child abuse, said Takhmao town’s deputy police chief Bum Kimseng

According to the complaint, the suspect lost her temper and started beating her young son. She then took off his trousers and bound his legs and hands together with steel wires before leaving him to sleep on the floor in front of their house.

“She was angry with her son because he was naughty and did not listen and respect her advice,” Kimseng said. “She . . . left him on the floor for the period of about an hour.”

He added that the child was rescued after police received the complaint.

“[The suspect] has now been sent to provincial prison and is awaiting further investigation,” Sokheng said.

Vanna could face two to four years of imprisonment if found guilty. The suspect and provincial court vice prosecutor Tep Sonin, who presided over the case, could not be reached for comment.



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