Mom and boyfriend arrested for punching, biting woman’s 3-year-old daughter

Posted on January 23, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

A man and his girlfriend have been arrested here for allegedly inflicting serious injuries on the woman’s little daughter, including bite wounds on the girl’s arm, police said.

Hikaru Izumisawa, 27, a company employee, and his girlfriend Mana Ezomori, 26, stand accused of punching Ezomori’s 3-year-old daughter in the face and body and biting the girl’s left arm at their home in the Kanagawa Prefecture city of Yamato sometime between Oct. 16 and 17 last year, causing the toddler injuries that took three months to heal. The girl, who reportedly had a piece of flesh torn off her left arm, is believed to have been abused on a regular basis.

Police arrested Izumisawa and Ezomori on suspicion of assault. The couple has explained that their abusive behavior was as part of their “discipline” measures against the girl, according to investigators.

Izumisawa began living with Ezomori, her 8-year-old daughter and the abused toddler around January last year.

story in Japanese

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This article does not mention the father. But in cases like these I feel the father and/or his parents should be granted custody of the children. If the father or his family doesn’t want custody then the kids should be put in foster care. Children have rights and those rights need to be protected. The UNCRC has defined what is in the best interests of the child and Japan should be making changes in accordance with the UNCRC.

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