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