A 7-year-old boy in Taiwan who was allegedly body-slammed 27 times during judo practice — by both his classmates and coach — suffered a brain hemorrhage and was ultimately removed from life support, a report Tuesday said.
The BBC, citing the Taipei Times, reported that the coach has been charged with assault and using a minor to commit a crime, but his charges would likely be upgraded to include or be replaced by “injury causing death.”
The boy reportedly attended a judo practice in April and suffered a brain hemorrhage after the repeated injuries. He slipped into a coma and was on life support for 70 days, according to the reports.
Two judo fighters or athletes greeting each other in a bow before practicing martial arts in the background of the ongoing match (iStock)
“I still remember that morning when I took him to school,” the unidentified boy’s mother previously told local outlets. “He turned around and said, ‘Mama goodbye.’ By night, he had become like this.”
The young victim’s uncle reportedly videotaped the allegedly violent class. Footage of the incident purportedly shows the boy being thrown by older classmates acting on orders from the coach, according to the report. The coach even allegedly took a turn.
Then, when the child fell unconscious, the instructor allegedly accused him of feigning the injury, the report said.
The report identified the coach by his surname, Ho, and said investigators determined he was not a licensed instructor.
Ho was ultimately released on bail equivalent to about $3,583, according to the BBC. If convicted, he reportedly faces up to life in prison.