A 7-year-old Taiwanese boy has died after being repeatedly slammed by his coach and others at a judo class. It's a case seeing wide media pick-up around the world: The boy, identified only by his surname, Huang, was taken off life support on Tuesday night after being in a coma since the April 21 incident. The coach, identified in reports by his surname, Ho, has been indicted on charges of causing bodily injury and using children to commit a crime. Ho reportedly ordered other students to throw Huang to the mat, then began to do so himself, even after the boy vomited and pleaded for the abuse to stop. The BBC reports the boy is thought to have been slammed to the ground 27 times. He eventually became unresponsive and was taken to a hospital but never recovered consciousness, reports the AP.
The official Central News Agency said the 60-year-old Ho had no coaching license and had been offering classes in the central Taiwanese city of Fengyuan for free. He has said the throws were part of normal training, even though Huang was a new student and hadn't yet acquired the skills to protect himself, CNA said. The decision to take him off life support came after doctors were unable to stop Huang's blood pressure and heart rate from declining, the agency said. The AFP reports the boy suffered brain hemorrhages and developed respiratory problems as well as multiple organ failure while in a coma. Ho is free on bail while the investigation continues. Martial arts are popular in Taiwan, which has found international success in several forms, especially Taekwondo.
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