A Saudi couple have been sentenced to 15 years each in jail and 1,500 lashes after being found guilty of torturing their child to death.
According to a report in the Saudi Gazette, the couple claimed that the child had tripped and fell several times. They also claimed he had tried to hang himself to replicate cartoons he saw on television.
The paper said that Omar Jabawi and Rola Abu Shalhoob were arrested two years ago. Medical reports showed the cause of death as bruises and contusions in the neck, face, chest and legs. Neighbours had claimed they regularly heard the child crying after 10pm each night.
However the judge at the General Court in Riyadh said there were insufficient grounds to impose the death penalty on the couple.