A boy who was thrown 27 times in his judo class has died in Taiwan.
The incident happened in April but the boy was taken off life support on Tuesday after sustaining severe brain damage during a judo class in which he was repeatedly slammed to the floor by an older classmate and their coach.
At the time, the seven-year-old suffered brain hemorrhaging and eventually went into a coma before being put on life support.
After nearly 70 days, his parents decided to remove him from life support after doctors informed them his blood pressure and heart rate were dropping, reported the BBC.
The child’s uncle filmed the April 21 class, reportedly to show the boy’s mother that judo wasn’t a good fit for him.
The disturbing video shows the older classmate throwing the boy several times. The child is heard screaming in the video but the coach orders him to stand up and tells the older boy to continue throwing him — before the grown man picked up the boy and threw him down himself.
He eventually passed out, though the coach accused him of faking it.
According to the boy’s mother, his uncle felt “terrible for what happened,” but he failed to stop the beating because of a Taiwanese culture of “teacher reverence,” meaning accepting their authority, despite what’s happening.
The coach, who is in his late 60s and was later discovered to be unlicensed, has been charged with physical assault resulting in serious injury and using a minor to commit a crime, according to the Taipei Times.
Now that the boy has died, prosecutors will reportedly change the charge to “injury causing death.”
If found guilty, he could get seven years in jail or face life imprisonment.
“I still remember that morning when I took him to school,” his mom told local reporters after the tragic incident. “He turned around and said, ‘Mama goodbye.’ By night, he had become like this.”