Court hands jail sentences in bizarre child abuse case


A court in Brno sentenced several people to years in prison on Friday in a shocking case of child abuse. Klára Mauerová, the mother of two boys abused and tortured in an attempt to alter their personalities and make them docile, was sentenced to nine years; her sister and the boys’ aunt Kateřina, received a 10-year jail sentence. Barbora Škrlová, a 33-year-old family friend who posed as a 13-year-old, got five years. Three more persons, who participated in the bizarre case, were also given prison sentences. The abuse was discovered 18 months ago in the town of Kuřim, near Brno in Moravia. While the court had enough evidence of severe child abuse, the motive remains unclear.