Sunset Park mother sentenced to 20 years in prison for paralyzing two-year-old son

A Sunset Park mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting her two-year-old son so violently that he wound up with permanent brain damage, announced Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday, November 1.

According to Gonzalez, on February 25, 2014, 30-year-old Yayn Weng assaulted her son, who had turned two just two weeks prior, by shaking him “in a whiplash manner,” striking his feet with a bamboo rod, biting his right calf, hitting the bottom of his feet and pinching him.

Two days later, Weng brought her son – at the time already unresponsive – to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with internal head injuries, bruises all over his body, multiple bite marks and various swelling.

Once arrested, Weng admitted to beating the child.

Today, the child remains paralyzed from the neck down, with permanent brain damage. His condition has progressively worsened.

“This horrific violence against a helpless baby at the hands of his mother is disturbing and completely unacceptable,” said Gonzalez. “Instead of protecting her child, this defendant nearly killed him and left him paralyzed. She deserves to be in prison for what she did.”

Weng was convicted on October 11 of this year of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and related counts after a non-jury trial.

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