Pastor held for starving kids to death

2012-02-13 13:03

Seoul - A South Korean pastor and his wife have been arrested for allegedly starving and whipping their three sick children to death in an attempt to drive out demons, police said on Monday.

The 43-year-old and his wife were arrested on Sunday for homicide after the couple's relative found the decomposed bodies of the children at their home next to the pastor's church in Boseong county near the southwest coast.

Forensic examination showed the 10-year-old girl and the two boys aged five and eight had no food in their stomachs and had suffered severe bruising all over their bodies, the Jeonnam Provincial Police Agency spokesperson said.

The couple told police they had tried to cure their children, who were suffering from colds and high fever, with fasting and prayer and by repeatedly whipping them to "drive bad spirits away".

"We believe the children had not been fed since January 23 before they eventually died on February 1 or 2," the police spokesperson said.

The couple allegedly whipped each child 39 times with a belt or a fly swatter on five separate occasions, citing a Biblical verse.

Police said they cited Proverbs 23:13-14, which reads: "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death."

Their fourth child, a year-old baby, was taken into protective custody by police and was in good health.

  • Debbi - 2012-02-13 13:36

    Oh boy, another atrocity in the name of religion. Disgraceful.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-13 15:07

      More proof that religious believe, taken to extreme, is a mental illness.

      Peter - 2012-02-13 15:43

      @Godfrey: Like Dr. House says..."its difficult to distinguish between a religious person, and a person with psychosis"

      Godfrey - 2012-02-13 15:57

      @Peter Religion is ultimately dependent on belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die. It therefore has no reality check. And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self- correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality and extreme, grotesque immorality. - Greta Christina "Spinning ........ into grotesque immorality". This horror story is a perfect example of that.

      Peter - 2012-02-13 16:02

      hahaha, i second that

  • kayceechick - 2012-02-13 13:43

    Yieks this scared the bejesus out of me (geddit?)

  • Moi - 2012-02-13 13:52

    Those poor children :(

  • Peter - 2012-02-13 14:05

    EFFING DISGUSTING!!!!! Religion is turning into the root of all evil

      Godfrey - 2012-02-13 16:00

      @Peter Now where are Martino, Dirk, Phillip, John, Sean and the other professional Xians to explain why their god allowed this to happen?

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-13 15:11

    Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world - Stephen Fry. I understand some people feel sad when they see a figure they were taught as a child to revere, whether Prophet or Pope, being subjected to rational examination, or mockery, or criminal investigation. But everyone has ideas they hold precious. Only the religious demand to be protected from debate or scrutiny that might discomfort them. The fact that they believe an invisible supernatural being approves of, or even commands, their behaviour doesn't mean it deserves more respect, or sensitive handling. It means it deserves less. If people base their behaviour on such a preposterous fantasy, they should expect to be checked by criticism and mockery. They need it

  • Su - 2012-02-13 17:55

    This has nothing to do with religion. This is Korean birth control. Savages.

  • Linda - 2012-02-14 17:25

    Those poor babies. I know for a fact that Jesus does NOT endorse the crimes that this couple committed. They are either stark-raving mad or just plain evil.

  • IBlondie1 - 2012-02-14 17:25

    It wasn't the children who had the demons.

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