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Dutch court convicts German parents of abusing young son

August 14, 2018 GMT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has sentenced the father and mother of an 8-year-old German boy to three years in prison for abusing the child on a campsite in the eastern Netherlands last year.

Judges in Zutphen ruled Tuesday that the parents, both 35-year-old Germans, kicked their son, bound his arms and legs and gave him insufficient food and drink over a period of nearly two months from June 1, 2017.

In a statement, the court called the offenses “very serious child abuse.”

The campsite was in Winterswijk, close to the Dutch-German border and about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Amsterdam.

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The court said the parents, whose identities were not released, were convicted in Germany of child abuse in 2012 for mistreating the woman’s oldest son from a previous relationship.

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