Man held over death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in 2009

Posted on February 1, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Police in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday arrested a man over the death in October 2009 of a 2-year-old girl who was in his care.

The man, who has been identified as unemployed Shinya Sato, 31, was dating the girl’s mother, Megumi Konaka, 29, at the time of the incident. Police allege that Sato was alone in a room with the girl, named Misaki, on Oct 22 when the incident occurred, and that he hit the girl on the head. He then took her to hospital where it was found that she had suffered brain damage following the assault. She died on Nov 6 of the same year.

According to the TV news, “the boyfriend initially said the girl fell off the stairs. The mother had 3 other children and she had to go to one of the kids’ school event that day and left the 2-year-old with the boy friend. Also, neighbors heard the mother crying, saying, Please stop!!,  while the kids were crying and screaming in the other room. This happened on several occasions”.

Tuesday 01st February, 09:08

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I can understand slapping a child’s hand or spanking a child on the butt. But I can’t understand how someone could hit a child so hard to kill them. How many more abuse cases are out there that we don’t know about? Are reported cases of DV and child abuse just the tip of the ice berg? With Japan’s declining population I really hope the government puts their best foot forward (quickly) to protect these children from abuse. Children are the foundation of the future.


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