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Parents jailed for lashing 11-year-old son

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08:39 CEST+02:00
The parents of an 11-year-old boy have been imprisoned by a Swedish court for doling out regular punishment with a belt which left their son bleeding from cuts on his back.

The couple were imprisoned for 18 months apiece by Södertörn District Court near Stockholm on Thursday, according to a report in Metro Stockholm.

The boy, who is from the southern Stockholm area, was beaten by his parents at least once a month from 2006 until 2009.

In May 2009 the boy plucked up the courage to contact a police unit and showed them his scars.

Shortly thereafter the 11-year-old's father was taken in for questioning.

Both the boy's parents have now been imprisoned for the abuse. They have appealed their sentences.

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