In January 2022, a single parent named Yang Junming was reported to have killed his son in a manner that no one would have ever expected. The crime took place in the Youxian district of Sichuan, China.
The incident occurred when Yang argued with his son over his poor academic performance, which included scoring an 18 out of 100 in physical education.
In an attempt to scare the teenager, Yang reportedly picked up a 3-foot-long samurai sword and poked him in the back, leaving a 4-inch long cut at his waist.
CCTV footage would show Yang carrying his son outside while waiting for emergency services.
While speaking with the police, Yang said he did not intend to hurt him.
I just wanted to scare him. I did the worst thing out of the best motivation.
The teen was rushed to the hospital, where he died from blood loss a few hours later. Yang was then taken into custody on charges of assault.
During the trial, forensic test results showed that the teenager had many older injuries, leading many to believe he may have been physically harmed before his death.
The sword was also shown during the trial.
Yang was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with the court finding him guilty of causing bodily harm that resulted in death.
It is the opinion of this court that defendant Yang Junming did knowingly cause bodily harm to another, resulting in death.
— Official court verdict
Yang had been raising his son alone after divorcing his wife years prior.