A German court on Thursday handed down prison sentences to a couple that did not bring their six-year-old son to the hospital after he sustained life-threatening burns.
The man and the woman both aged 37 and whose identities were withheld in line with privacy laws, received a five-year and a three-year-and-nine-month prison sentences respectively.
The court in southern Germany found the pair guilty of negligence after they ignored their son’s burns – sustained when a tank of petrol caught fire in the family’s garden – for four days.
The boy was brought to the hospital when a bystander saw him in the couple’s car and called the police.
The boy and his four siblings are now in foster care.