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A baby's death casts shadow on South Korea's adoption industry

Prosecutors raise charges to murder for mother suspected of abuse

A photograph of Jeong-in is displayed outside a Seoul court on Wednesday. Her adoptive mother is now on trial for murder over allegations that abuse of the infant led to death. (Photo by Grace Moon)

SEOUL -- Protesters with the phrase "death penalty" painted in red on their face masks chanted and erupted in shrieks as they counted down to the start of a trial at Seoul Southern District Court on Wednesday morning.

The crowd was waiting to see if prosecutors would upgrade the charge to murder for a woman whose alleged brutal abuse led to the death of her adopted child, Jeong-in, in October at the age of only 16 months.

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