(Minghui.org) A mother of five-year-old twins was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Ms. Fu Yurong, a resident of Nanjing City, started practicing Falun Gong in 2014 and soon saw her depression, insomnia, and arthritis disappear. Her simple pursuit of good health, however, landed her in police custody.

Ms. Fu and her family were home on May 13, 2015, when several officers tricked them into opening the door and broke in. Ms. Fu hid in another room, while her husband and parents-in-law did their best to prevent her from being taken away. Her then-three-year-old son and daughter were terrified and started to cry. Her mother-in-law lay down outside the room so the police couldn’t get close enough to pry open the door.

Her father-in-law tried to talk the police into leaving, only to have his head held tightly by a few of the officers. His grandchild shrieked in fear.

The police finally retreated from Ms. Fu’s apartment but stationed two officers right outside the door. The family noticed that the peephole had been blocked.

Xiao Ningjiang, head of the local domestic security office and the one who led the arrest attempt earlier in the day, returned to Ms. Fu’s home hours later. He promised to set Ms. Fu free if she would go with him to the police station to admit her “mistake.”

Ms. Fu refused to comply, and Xiao threatened to arrest her husband for “assaulting police” should he ever step outside. Ms. Fu was not deterred.

Xiao left Ms. Fu’s home empty-handed but kept officers stationed both inside and outside the apartment building over the next 11 days. He eventually arrested Ms. Fu on May 24, 2015.

Ms. Fu was tried in 2016 and handed the prison sentence on May 27, 2017. Her appeal was quickly rejected. She is now serving time in Nanjing Women’s Prison.