Parents arrested over death of 3-month-old daughter

Posted on September 11, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

Crime Sep. 08, 2011 – 12:05PM JST ( 45 )

OSAKA —Japan Today

A 25-year-old man and his 22-year-old wife have been arrested in Kadoma, Osaka, over the death of their 3-month-old daughter, police said Wednesday. The pair, who have been named as Fumiya Fujiyama and his wife Yui, are being investigated for manslaughter after allegedly causing the death of their baby daughter Ryuna in May. The pair are believed to have hit and violently shaken the newborn.

According to Fuji TV, Ryuna was taken to hospital by her parents on May 13, but doctors say she was already dead on arrival. Hospital staff then found dozens of bruises on the infant’s body and head that indicated she had been hit or punched. When questioned, the girl’s parents said she had fallen off of a chair and gave other explanations that failed to explain her injuries. The hospital contacted the police, who initiated an investigation, Fuji reported. Police believe the child had been mistreated regularly since her birth.

So far, both parents have denied punching and shaking their baby, and said she got the bruises from her older sister. Police investigations are ongoing.

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