Mother kills son 'because he had big ears'

A mother allegedly choked her 10-year-old son to death to save him from embarrassment because his ears were too big. Photo: Supplied

A mother allegedly choked her son to death to save him from embarrassment because his ears were too big.

Nuray Sacan, 37, is facing murder charges in Turkey over the 10-year-old's death, reports the UK Mirror.

The woman paid for the boy to have cosmetic surgery in the Gazi Hospital, Ankara, but when she turned up after the operation she told surgeons she was unhappy with the results.

It is claimed she then took the youngster to a woman's toilet in the hospital and choked him to death with her own scarf.

She was arrested when she hit another vehicle while trying to flee the hospital and confessing to paramedics, according to reports.

The mother allegedly said: "Both his ears had become even bigger after the surgery.

"He became very ugly. He would have felt even more ashamed in front of his friends. I did it to save him such embarrassment."

She claimed she paid for the surgery because her son had suffered years of bullying and teasing because of his sticking out ears.

"I was trying to protect him from a lifetime of pain," she claimed.

Surgeons said the operation had been successful and the boy was due to go home.

Dr Metin Yilmaz, who carried out the surgery, is reported as saying: "I am astonished she would think that. The operation was a simple one and it was a complete success.

"There were no post-operative issues and he was due to go home."

News break – February 18