Abuse Neglect Death
There have been too many of these driver related hit and runs lately in Japan.
JUN. 05, 2013 - TOKYO —
The 72-year-old driver of a car has been arrested after he hit a 35-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter riding a bicycle in Komae, Tokyo. The girl died as a result of injuries, police said.
The incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses were quoted as saying the car and the bicycle were going in the same direction along a narrow road with no sidewalks. The car veered left, hitting the bike from behind and dragged it for about 100 meters before hitting a wall.
Takako Hattori and her 2-year-old daughter Ayako were knocked off the bike. Police said Ayako suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital. Her mother remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.
The driver, Toshio Takahashi, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted by police as saying that he hunched over because he had an acute stomach ache and that’s when he hit the bicycle. He said he then mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.
MAY. 22, 2013 – AITAMA —
Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 39-year-old man over the death of his 1-month-old baby son in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, the man, who has been named as Yuji Obaku, was investigated after his son Ryuto was taken to hospital and diagnosed with brain damage in early March, NTV reported. Staff at the hospital advised police that the boy’s injuries may have been caused by violence.
Following a police investigation, Obaku was accused of seizing the infant by the head and slamming him into a futon mattress. Police say Obaku also shook the boy repeatedly.
Obaku and his 27-year-old wife already had two children before Ryuto, police said. It is currently unknown whether Obaku’s other children also suffered from assault or mistreatment.
During police questioning, Obaku was quoted by police as saying: “I got angry because he wouldn’t stop crying.”
May. 17, 2013 – CHIBA —
Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide.
Fuji TV reported that a building manager discovered the bodies of two adults and two children in the apartment at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and informed the police.
According to police, Shino Nonaka, 39, her 12-year-old daughter Ayane and 10-year-old son Junpei were each found lying dead on their futons. Police said all three had bruising on their necks consistent with strangulation.
Shino’s husband, Kenji, 43, was found strangled to death by a length of rope attached to a doorknob.
Police say that the apartment had been locked from the inside and that no signs of forced entry could be found, leading them to believe that Kenji Nonaka murdered his family before committing suicide.
Crime Apr. 25, 2013 – IBARAKI —
Police in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 30-year-old woman and her ex-boyfriend for allegedly burying the body of the woman’s daughter in a forest in Yokohama.
TBS reported that the girl’s mother, who has been named as 30-year-old Yukie Yamaguchi, was taken in for questioning this month over the disappearance of her then 6-year-old daughter, Airi, last July. Police say the remains of Airi’s body were discovered on April 21 based on Yamaguchi’s confession.
According to police, Yamaguchi and her ex-boyfriend, a 28-year-old Yokohama-based construction worker named Ryuichi Yatsui, buried the girl’s body last July, TBS reported. Yatsui said Airi died after he hit and kicked her to discipline her, police said.
Airi was registered to attend an Ibaraki elementary school last April, but when she didn’t show up on the first day of school in February this year, the school asked to see her, but Yamaguchi refused.
The school then contacted the child consultation center who reported the incident to police, TBS said.
SAITAMA —Crime May. 05, 2013
Police on Saturday arrested a 31-year-old woman for allegedly throwing her two-year-old daughter from the 4th-floor balcony of their apartment in Ageoshi, Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, an eyewitness called authorities at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to report that a woman had thrown a child from the balcony. Police rushed to the scene and found the child lying on the ground.
Fuji TV reported that she remains in a coma in hospital. The girl fell a distance of about 10 meters, police were quoted as saying.
The mother, who is Chinese, was quoted by police as saying she was sorry for doing such a terrible thing, but gave no motive.
Her husband, who is Chinese, was out at the time. The couple also has a 1-year-old son who was home at the time of the incident.
Crime May. 11, 2013 – SAPPORO —
Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old woman after the remains of her newborn son were discovered in her bedroom in Sapporo.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Saya Kano, works as a nurse. Fuji TV reported that she apparently gave birth at her home at the beginning of March. Her mother entered her room on Thursday night and discovered the baby’s remains wrapped in a towel and notified police.
Kano, who is a single mother, was with friends at a karaoke parlor where she was picked up by police about two hours later, Fuji reported.
Crime May. 15, 2013 HIROSHIMA —
Police on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death his two teenage children at their home in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Masamichi Nakasone, a company employee, called 110 at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and reported that he had stabbed his two children to death. Fuji TV reported that emergency services and police rushed to the scene and found the two children—his 17 year-old daughter Haruka and his 13-year-old son Masaya—bleeding from stab wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Police said Nakasone was found with stab wounds to his stomach and believe he tried to commit suicide. He is in a stable condition in hospital, Fuji quoted police as saying.
Nakasone was recently separated from his wife and looking after their two children. His boss at work was quoted as saying he had not appeared well recently and was stressed out, while a neighbor said that he seemed to be a wonderful father.
Police said they will wait for Nakasone to recover before questioning him.
Japan Today Mar. 25, 2013 SAITAMA —
Police said Monday they have arrested a woman after her husband allegedly caught her trying to strangle to death one of her children in the night at their home in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, 29-year-old Miho Shinohara was asleep with her husband and four children when the incident took place at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Fuji TV reported. Shinohara’s husband awoke to find her strangling their eldest son, a 4-year-old boy, with an electrical cable, police said.
The couple’s son was taken to hospital where doctors say his condition is not serious. Shinohara has reportedly confessed to attempted murder, although police say her motive is still under investigation.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 6-month-old daughter at their home in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture.
Fuji TV reported Monday that the man, who has been named as Yuji Yagi, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of violently shaking his baby daughter’s head at their apartment in June of last year. The girl was taken to hospital unconscious and eventually passed away in December.
The assault was uncovered when doctors could not find any obvious physical injuries and reported the child’s death as suspicious. Police questioned Yagi, who admitted to abusing his daughter, Fuji reported.
Yagi was arrested on a charge on manslaughter. Police said they are planning to investigate whether the girl was routinely being abused.
The National Police Agency (NPA) said this week that officers referred a record high 16,387 child abuse victims to child consultation centers nationwide in 2012 last year.
According to the NPA, the figures, which mark a 42.1% increase on the previous year, are the highest since records began in 2004, when just 962 referrals were made. The 2012 figure, a 17-fold increase on that number, has been attributed to improved public awareness over the issue and an increased focus on addressing child abuse cases at an early stage in cooperation with child consultation centers, said an agency official.
Fuji TV reported that of the total, 8,266 children under 18 years of age were referred due to having suffered psychological abuse. Around 65% of psychological abuse cases, totaling 5,431, involved one parent physically assaulting the other in the presence of the child. In addition, 5,222 referrals were on behalf of victims of physical abuse, Fuji reported.
The NPA also announced that 2,736 referrals were made on behalf of children left unfed or otherwise uncared for, while 163 were for children who had suffered sexual abuse.
The NPA said that police forces refer victims of abuse to child consultation centers, who are then tasked with taking steps to protect the children, such as taking them into protective custody and providing counseling to parents.
OSAKA — Feb. 23rd, 2013
A 28-year-old woman in Osaka has been arrested for illegally disposing of the body of her newborn daughter last October, police said Friday.
The woman, who has been named as Tomoko Takiguchi, is accused of disposing of the body of her daughter shortly after birth, NTV reported. According to police, the body of a month-old baby girl was found in an irrigation channel near Takiguchi’s former Kashiwara home last Oct 13. An autopsy revealed that the child had died of suffocation. DNA tests later showed the child to be Takiguchi’s daughter.
According to neighbors, Takiguchi appeared to be pregnant in August of last year, but was not seen in public with the child after giving birth, NTV reported. Takiguchi was arrested on Thursday and questioned by police about the circumstances in which her daughter died.
Police were quoted by local media as saying that Takiguchi denies disposing of her daughter’s body, telling investigators that she nursed her daughter for a week and then the child was kidnapped. Police said no kidnapping was reported.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
FEB. 22, 2013 - GUNMA —
A 3-year-old girl apparently died of starvation in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, after being left in the care of her 14-year-old sister while their mother was out of the country, police said Thursday.
According to police, the children were left alone with food and spending money by their mother, while she went home for a visit to the Philippines on Feb 9. TBS reported that police received an emergency call from the woman’s 14-year-old daughter at about 7 p.m. on Feb 18, saying that her younger sister had collapsed. Emergency workers rushed to the scene where the child was confirmed dead.
Police say there were no obvious signs of injury, but that they suspect the girl may have starved to death. Investigators say they are planning to question the girl’s mother when she returns to Japan and said she may faces a charge of abandonment leading to death. The single mother, who is 37, lived with her two daughters.
FEB. 20, 2013 -OSAKA —
Police said Tuesday that a couple in Osaka has been arrested for fraudulently claiming 6 years’ worth of child allowance payments for their child who died shortly after birth.
The crime was reportedly discovered when a local elementary school, which had records of the girl’s birth, invited her to attend a pre-enrollment physical check and orientation meeting. According to TBS, the girl’s mother told the school that her daughter had died some time before, but the school reported the matter to police.
Police said the couple—a 53-year-old man and his 35-year-old wife—had a daughter in May of 2006. The child was in good health when she left the hospital six days afetr her birth. The parents filed her birth certificate two days later and applied for a child care allowance.
After the couple were arrested earlier this month on a charge of fraudulently receiving child welfare payments, they told police their daughter died within a week, TBS reported. Police quoted the couple as saying that they decided to continue to claim welfare payments. Over the six years, they received 934,000 yen in child care allowance payments, police said.
The couple also told investigators they threw the child’s body into the sea without registering her death and continued to lead authorities to believe she was alive. Media reported that social workers reportedly visited the family eight times, and each time, the girl’s father claimed she was visiting her grandparents with her mother and was in good health.
Police say they are looking into the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.
FEB. 20, 2013 -HIROSHIMA —
A 4-year-old boy survived a fall from the window of the 12th-floor apartment where he lived in Hiroshima on Tuesday.
Emergency services received a call at around 8:40 a.m. from the parents of the child, saying that he had fallen out of the window and was lying on the roof of a car park next door, TBS reported.
Police believe the boy climbed on to a 30-cm high table and was able to pull himself up to the window, and then toppled out. Police said the boy is seriously injured, but conscious.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
OSAKA–An 11-year-old primary school student in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, apparently killed himself by jumping in front of a train, leaving behind a note that suggests the act was intended to protest the closure of his school.
At about 4:25 p.m. Thursday, the fifth-year student was hit below a platform of Nozaki Station by a seven-car train heading from Doshishamae Station to Takarazuka Station on the JR Katamachi Line.
Witnesses said he apparently jumped from the platform down to the rails and was struck by the train.
The boy left a note about his school, which is scheduled to be shut down and its students integrated into two other primary schools.
The note read, “In exchange for this little life, please stop the shutdown and integration.”
Shijonawate Police Station is investigating the case as a likely suicide.
According to the police station, the driver of the train saw the boy jump and immediately applied the brake, but it was too late.
The boy’s rucksack, which he left on the platform, contained learning materials for a cram school, and the handwritten note was found nearby, the police said.
The primary school the boy attended has seen its student population decrease, and is scheduled to close at the end of this fiscal year.
Students of the school will be transferred to two other primary schools.
The boy’s family members said he recently complained that he did not want to attend the school that was scheduled to accept him and his schoolmates.
Just before the incident, the boy sent an e-mail to his mother’s cell phone that read: “Thank you for all you have done up to now. I love everyone in my family.”
(Feb. 16, 2013)
CRIME FEB. 06, 2013 - TOCHIGI —
Police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing to death her 14-year-old daughter at their apartment in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoko Numabe, called emergency services at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and said she had stabbed her daughter. TBS reported that police rushed to the scene and found the girl suffering from a stab wound to the neck. She was taken to hospital where she died on Tuesday night.
Police said Numabe and her daughter lived by themselves. Numabe has so far given no motive for the attack, police said.
JAN. 24, 2013 SAITAMA —Japan Today
Police said Wednesday they have arrested a woman for allegedly killing her newborn baby son by throwing him out of a toilet window in an apartment in Honjo, Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, Madoka Masuda, 26, Masuda was staying at her 30-year-old boyfriend’s apartment when she gave birth to the child in the toilet on the evening of Jan 19, TBS reported. Immediately following the birth, police say she threw the child out of the window and left it outside to die.
Masuda’s boyfriend was quoted by police as saying that he noticed something was amiss due to an unusual odor in the bathroom and looked out of the window. He saw the baby’s body outside and notified the authorities.
Masuda was arrested at the scene on a murder charge.
JAN. 15, 2013 – TOKYO
Police said Tuesday that a man is suspected of strangling to death his 9-year-old granddaughter and then trying to kill himself at their home in Tokyo’s Machida.
According to police, the 66-year-old man lived with his son and his daughter. Fuji TV reported that the father returned home from working a night shift at about 9 a.m. and found his daughter, clad in her pajamas, lying on a futon. She had apparently been strangled to death. The man found his father in another room, where he had slit his wrists and tried to hang himself, police said.
Police said the grandfather was taken to hospital where his condition is not life-threatening. He was quoted as saying that he killed the girl, Fuji reported.
DEC. 29, 2012 – SAITAMA —
Police in Toda, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday arrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of abusing his 2-week-old son after the infant suffered a broken right arm.
According to police, the suspect, who is unemployed, threw the child onto a futon, breaking his right arm at his apartment on Dec 26, TBS reported. The suspect and his wife, who is also 17, took the baby to a hospital on Friday and the hospital notified police about a possible case of child abuse.
The suspect was quoted by police as saying he got angry after the child wouldn’t stop crying. His wife, who was at home at the time of the assault, is also being questioned by police.
CRIME DEC. 30, 2012 - SAITAMA —
One child died and another was seriously injured after their mother stabbed them with a kitchen knife at their Saitama home earlier this month, police said Saturday.
According to police, 34-year-old nursing home employee Atsuko Kurihara was arrested for murder and attempted murder after stabbing her sons at her home in the early hours of Dec 19, Fuji TV reported. Her 5-month-old son was killed in the attack, while her 2-year-old son sustained serious injuries.
Kurihara then attempted to commit suicide by stabbing herself in the abdomen, police said. Fuji reported that she was taken to hospital following the incident and discharged on Friday, at which point she was arrested.
During police questioning, Kurihara was quoted as saying that she didn’t want to live but has so far given no motive for her actions.
DEC. 26, 2012 YOKOHAMA —
The Yokohama District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 32-year-old man to three years in prison for causing his 5-month-old daughter serious brain damage by violently shaking her.
The court heard that Sho Nishikawa was at home alone with his daughter Kairi in Yokohama’s Sakae Ward on March 22 last year, TBS reported. When his wife returned home, Kairi, who was usually healthy, did not stop crying all night.
Medical checks revealed that she had sustained brain damage, most likely caused by being violently shaken. Police consulted several medical experts and began to assemble a case against Nishikawa, who was alone with Kairi at the time of the incident which caused her injuries. He admitted to the charge and said he shook his daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying.
Police said Kairi continues to suffer from a range of medical problems as a result of her injuries and requires full-time care.
Prosecutors had called for Nishikawa to be jailed for five years.
Police said Tuesday that a newborn girl was found in a tote bag near a highway in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday. The infant is being treated in hospital.
According to police, a woman walking her dog spotted the vinyl bag among shrubbery by Route 298 at about 4:40 p.m., and notified police. TV Asahi reported that the infant was wrapped in a towel and still had her umbilical cord attached.
Police said they are looking for the person or persons responsible on a charge of abandoning the baby.
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DEC. 19, 2012 OSAKA —
Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 40-year-old woman in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, for allegedly strangling her 5-year-old daughter to death.
According to police, the woman called the emergency services at 3:30 p.m. on Monday and said that she had killed her daughter, NTV reported. Police arrived at the scene to find the woman and her daughter lying with a handkerchief tied tightly around her neck. Police say the girl was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead.
The woman was quoted as telling police that her worries about child-raising motivated the murder.
A newborn boy was left on a pavement in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, on Friday morning, police said.
According to police, the naked infant, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found on the pavement by a male motorist at about 7:30 a.m, TBS reported. The child was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition, doctors said.
Police are looking for the person or persons who abandoned the newborn.
CRIME NOV. 09, 2012 -TOCHIGI —
Police on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old woman for allegedly strangling to death her 2-year-old daughter at their home in Tochigi.
According to police, they received a call at 9 a.m. on Wednesday from a woman saying that she had strangled her daughter, NTV reported. Police rushed to the apartment and found the girl lying on the living room floor. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead.
Police took the woman into custody. She was quoted as saying that she sat on her daughter’s back and strangled her with both hands, NTV reported.
According to police, the woman lived with her husband and daughter. She has been visiting a hospital regularly for treatment of mental health problems.
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CRIME NOV. 03, 2012 -IBARAKI —
Police said Friday that a newborn baby girl, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found dead in an apartment parking lot in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture.
According to police, a man who was walking by the parking lot, noticed bloodstains on the ground, TBS reported. After following the trail of the bloodstains, he found the infant’s body face down beside a shed in the corner of the parking lot.
Police said the child was naked and there were no external signs of injury on the body.
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