Mother held for drowning 12-day-old son in bathtub

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

From Japan Today, a woman in Seya, Kanagawa Prefecture was arrested on Tuesday after confessing to drowning her 12-day-old son. According to police, Sumiko Takeuchi, 41, was bathing the infant, named Takeyoshi, on Tuesday morning while her husband, a 48-year-old unemployed man, was out shopping. At around 9:50 a.m. she allegedly held the boy under the water until he drowned.

Takeuchi’s husband returned home and discovered the pair in the bathroom and called emergency services. Takeyoshi was taken to a Yokohama hospital where he was pronounced dead three hours later.

Takeuchi was quoted by police as saying: “I started to worry about his future because I lost faith in my ability to raise him.” She also claimed she had intended to kill herself as well, but couldn’t go through with it.

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