Police are investigating the reports of a 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old young man who claimed that they were abused and assaulted by their own mother for over ten years.
The mother, a 47-year-old woman, split with her husband around ten years ago and has since been living with a 40-year-old woman who claims to be a shaman. According to the children, the mother religiously heeded everything the shaman said, even her instructions to abuse her own kids.
When the shaman told the mother that the kids are not studying, the mother would beat them with bats. She also forced her son to quit school when she learned that he met up with his girlfriend and punished him by hitting his soles and thighs. Further, the mother allegedly shaved her daughter's hair upon discovering that she was seeing a boy at school. The mother reportedly abused her own children in this manner simply based on what the shaman told her.
Police further revealed that when the shaman told the mother, "The kids are not studying," "Teach them properly," and, "They're possessed by ghosts," she would often go into a fit and abuse them with weapons used fot exorcism rituals. It was reported that at one point, as the kids were watching, the shaman even conducted a type of exorcism during which she stripped the mother naked and threatened her with lethal weapons. The shaman's crazy ritualistic antics did not end there. The police are also looking into the claims that she forced the kids to take their clothes off in order to shear the hairs off their privates.
After ten years of torture and abuse, the kids could no longer endure the pain suffered to their body and mind, and reported everything to the authorities last month. Police have responded to this case by isolating the siblings in a protective facility and placing a restraining order on the mother dictating that she stay at least 100m away from her children at all times. In the worst case scenario, should the mother attempt to approach her children, authorities provided them with smart watches to send alerts straightaway.
Busanjin Police Station is currently investigating the mother and the shaman for their abuse of the children. During her investigation, the mother reportedly confessed, "I beat them in the process of educating them, and I relied on the shaman's words that the kids' lifelines are short." The mother also admitted to using the 1.5 million KRW worth of child support money she received from her husband with the shaman, prompting the authorities to look into the shaman's bank account.
A police rep relayed, "We have isolated the siblings because they showed symptoms of severe anxiety after being abused by their mother and the shaman for so long. We plan to decide on an appropriate punishment after looking into the exact reasons for the abuse and violence."