5-year-old boy falls from balcony of 9th-floor apartment

Posted on January 13, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

The following story (from Japan Today) is one that could have been prevented. Parents need to be fined, penalized, or jailed if they leave their children unattended.

A five-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he fell from the balcony of a 9th floor apartment in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on Sunday. At around 1:30 p.m., emergency services received a call alerting them that there was a child lying on the road in front of an apartment building.

According to police, the boy had been left at home alone by his parents who had gone out for a while. Police believe the boy climbed over the 120-cm high balcony railing. Police are treating the fall as an accident and no charges have been made.


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2 Responses to “5-year-old boy falls from balcony of 9th-floor apartment”

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This is a shocking case of negligence amounting to child abuse. It is difficult to understand how parents could leave a 5 year-old child alone. It also appears that the balcony door was not locked. I wonder if this falls into the category of criminal negligence causing death, an offence in Canada.

Unfortunately, I read about cases similar to these every other week in Japan. The parent/parents are not usually charged with negligence or any other crime. Prosecutors are extremely lenient on negligent and abusive parents, as are the judges. That is something I want to see changed.

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