The two people, from the Aust-Agder region in South Norway, were charged for repeated acts of violence against their three-year-old girl. The physical punishments consisted of flicking and pinching on her hand and face to reprimand her for, among other things, calling out the name "Satan".
At the trial of the parents last week, the mother of the abused child claimed she was deeply religious and reacted to her daughter after the child shouted “Satan” during a tantrum.
However, the district court of Arendal decided the maltreatment of the girl by her parents was serious enough to make a penal case. After a trial, the couple were both sentenced and jailed for 30 days and given a fine of 5,000 kroner ($785).