South Korean couple who left children in car will not serve any jail time


Police at the scene said the children were unresponsive and drenched in sweat.

Guam – The South Korean couple who left their children in a car at a Kmart parking lot while they went shopping inside will not serve any time behind bars.

Sangwoo Yoon, a lawyer, and Jungeun Sul, a judge, both from South Korea, told authorities, “we were only in the store for three minutes.”

However, according to court documents, from the time the two children, ages 6 and 1, were found unresponsive in the blistering heat to the time that the parents emerged, a total of 45 minutes had passed.

While the two were scheduled to appear today for an arraignment, court documents indicate that the case has already been closed and a judgment was ordered on October 5.

According to the judgement, Yoon and Sul pleaded guilty to leaving children unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the court granted the dismissal of two counts each of child abuse. The couple was ordered to pay a fine of $500 each in addition to court costs.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.