The Korean couple who received international media attention after they let their infant daughter starve to death while they spent most of their time in a nearby Internet cafe raising a virtual child were convicted and sentenced yesterday.
But while the husband, 41, received a two-year jail sentence, a two-year prison term for his common-law wife, 25, was suspended as she is due to give birth to their second child in three months. She will escape going to jail if she is not convicted for another crime within the next three years.
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Prosecutors had sought a five-year jail term for both the husband and wife, who were surnamed Kim. Judge Yu decided to give a lighter sentence because they had expressed remorse and were awaiting the birth of another child. The wife promised the judge that she would take good care of her new baby.
That poor baby on the way doesn't have a chance in the world.