Sadistic US pastor and son accused of beating a boy of 12
Dong Wook Kim and his 19-year-old son Joo Seong Kim, above, of the Good News Church in Minneapolis, have been charged with assault and malicious punishment of a child.
The sadistic pair, according to this report, are now in custody and are being held on $50,000 bail.
Their arrest arises out of alleged beatings inflicted over a four-day period on the youngster, who was was discovered in shorts and a T-shirt last Saturday after he ran outside in freezing temperatures and asked a stranger for help.
Kim and his son are accused of using a wooden plank and an electrical cord to repeatedly beat the youngster in the basement of the church. Police found the boy with a black eye, lash marks on his back and a football-sized mark among the bruises on his buttocks and thighs.
The boy said that he was first made to stay in a plank push-up position for misbehaving at school, and he received kicks when he could no longer hold the position. His head was slammed against a doorway and he was hit with a length of wood.
The victim said that he ran away when the Kims told him to take off his shirt and said they were going to get an electrical cord.
Joo Seong Kim told police said that his father became angry and hit the boy’s behind with a “small stick” up to 20 times when the child told him “that he wanted to test God.”
The “small stick” later found in the church was a two-by-four, discovered in a closet along with an electrical cord.
Dong Wook Kim admitted to police that he used the electrical cord against the boy in front of his father, who said the boy’s parents always followed his leadership when it came to punishing their children.
The boy’s 4-year-old sister had also allegedly been hit with a paint stir stick by the pastor on a previous occasion, and was taken into protective custody after his arrest.
In a letter addressed to “your honor” the pastor’s wife said her “husband and son didn’t have any bad intentions when hitting” the young boy and that it stemmed from:
Greed of wanting to make him a better person. It was out of discipline not rage.
She added that the punishment was inflicted because the 12-year-old was “like family” and that her husband would not have physically punished any other child.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn