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Prosecutors seek life term for infanticide suspect

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Prosecutors yesterday asked for a life sentence for a man who threw his 10-month-old daughter into a pot of boiling water. The baby later died.

Huang Ling-chi (黃凌奇) has been charged with murder of a child under the age of 12, which under the Children and Youth Welfare Act (兒童及少年福利法) means his prison sentence could be extended by half of the original sentence, Changhua District Prosecutors’ Office spokesperson Chang Hwei-chiung (張慧瓊) said.

Prosecutors asked for a life sentence because Huang denied his daughter’s right to live and would regret his actions for the rest of his life.

An investigation by social workers found that Huang had treated his children well before the incident and did not have a record of domestic violence, Chang said.

“Because Huang was the girl’s biological father and has shown remorse for what he did, prosecutors did not ask for a death sentence,” she said.

Prosecutors allege that on the morning of April 18, Huang went out drinking and came home slightly drunk. He got into an argument with the girl’s mother, who was cooking noodles, picked up their 10-month-old daughter and threw her into a large pot of boiling water. She was immersed up to her head and suffered second-degree burns on more than 90 percent of her body.

The mother immediately scooped the girl out of the pot and took her to hospital. The girl died at Changhua Christian Hospital on April 21 from multiple organ failure.

Although Huang later told prosecutors that he was drunk at the time, his blood alcohol level showed his judgment had not been seriously impaired, prosecutors said.

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