A seven-year-old boy has died in Taiwan after he was repeatedly slammed to the ground by his coach and others at a judo class.
The boy was taken off life support on Tuesday night after being in a coma since April 21.
Identified only by his surname Huang, the boy vomited and pleaded for the abuse to stop during the sickening ordeal in which he was reportedly thrown 27 times.
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The coach, identified in reports by his surname Ho, has been indicted on charges of causing bodily injury and using children to commit a crime.
Ho reportedly ordered other students to throw Huang to the mat, then began to do so himself.
Huang eventually became unresponsive and was taken to hospital, however never recovered consciousness.
The official Central News Agency said Ho had no coaching license and had been offering classes in the central Taiwanese city of Fengyuan for free.
He said the throws were part of normal training, even though Huang was a new student and hadn't yet acquired the skills to protect himself.
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The boy had only started taking judo classes two weeks prior to the incident and reportedly begged his parents to let him try it.
“I still remember that morning when I took him to school,” his mother told the BBC.
“He turned around and said, ‘Mama goodbye’. By night, he had become like this.”
CNA said the decision to take him off life support came after doctors were unable to stop Huang's blood pressure and heart rate from declining.
Ho is free on bail while the investigation continues.
If found guilty, he faces a minimum of seven years in jail, although he could also be given a life sentence.
Martial arts are popular in Taiwan, which has found international success in several forms, especially Taekwondo.
with Associated Press
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