Oita woman arrested for allegedly beating 4-year-old son to death
OITA — Japan Today (Nov. 27, 2011)
Police said Saturday they have arrested a 37-year-old woman from Beppu, Oita Prefecture, for allegedly beating to death her 4-year-old son.
The boy was found dead on Friday at the home of the woman, who has been identified as Rie Kinjo, Fuji TV reported. The boy had apparently been beaten to death. Police allege that Kinjo carried out a sustained series of assaults on her son, Shuma, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Fuji reported.
During police questioning, Kinjo reportedly told investigators that she punched the child in the head and chest and hit him with a plastic umbrella to discipline him after he wet himself. She said that when she woke up on Friday, her son was dead, Fuji reported.
Police said that Kinjo, who is unemployed, lived with her partner, Shuma and another younger son.
Meanwhile, NHK quoted police as saying that multiple marks and bruises were present on Shuma’s body at the time of his death and that there remains a strong possibility that he was subject to other forms of mistreatment. An autopsy is to be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.