Fury over baby who died as South Korean mum posted images of herself drinking

The mother and her husband were arrested last Friday night on charges of child abuse resulting in death. Both are also accused of abandoning the child's body. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM KOREAHERALD. COM
The mother and her husband were arrested last Friday night on charges of child abuse resulting in death. Both are also accused of abandoning the child's body. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM KOREAHERALD. COM

SEOUL • Shocking images of a South Korean teenage mother who drank for days while her baby daughter was allegedly left to die at home have sparked a firestorm of criticism on the Internet.

The mother and her 21-year-old husband, who was out playing computer games with friends, were arrested last Friday night on charges of child abuse resulting in death. Both are also accused of abandoning the child's body.

Pictures and postings on social media showed the mother, 18, out drinking with friends while her seven-month-old daughter was believed to be starving to death.

The mother posted images of herself drinking every day between May 25 and 28, while her baby was allegedly home alone in Incheon.

Her social media posts drew thousands of comments, most of which slammed her for neglecting her duties as a mother and bragging about it online.

The child's father initially confirmed her death at around 4pm on May 31. Both parents are accused of hiding the body in a box until the child's maternal grandfather discovered it two days later.

According to the police, the couple had an argument and left home with the baby on the night of May 23. Police say the mother came back at around 9pm the next day, but left again in the morning.

They say the baby was then left alone until the father, who had been playing computer games with friends the whole time, returned home on May 31.

The mother updated her social media account around 11am on May 31 with a short message implying something bad had happened.

According to preliminary autopsy results, the baby had almost no food in her stomach, suggesting she had not been fed for a long time before she died.

The police are investigating and the cause of death has not yet been determined.

THE KOREAN HERALD/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2019, with the headline 'Fury over baby who died as S. Korean mum posted images of herself drinking'. Print Edition | Subscribe