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Mom Who Killed Son for Failure to Memorize Koran Gets Life

Sara Ege beat boy, 7, to death, set him afire
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – A woman who beat her 7-year-old son to death for failing to memorize Koran passages today was sentenced to life in a UK court, the BBC reports. Sara Ege, 33, had initially admitted to killing son Yaseen in 2010, but later retracted her confession and accused her husband of the murder. The couple had enrolled the boy in advanced classes at their mosque in the hopes that he would become Hafiz (a person who memorizes the Koran), but she was frustrated when Yaseen couldn't learn the passages.

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"In killing your son you abused a precious relationship of trust which does and should exist between a parent and a child," said the judge, adding that Ege had been beating Yaseen for three months prior to his murder. The child had been kept home from school on the day of his death to study the holy book. In her confession, Ege described seeing Yaseen collapse, "still murmuring" excerpts from the Koran, but she thought he was "just tired." After he died, Ege set fire to her son's body. Authorities initially believed he had died in a fire, but later found he had been dead hours before. (Read more Sara Ege stories.)

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