19-year-old parents questioned over alleged abuse of 8-month-old child
Nov. 29, 2011 – 07:00AM FUKUOKA —
Police are investigating a teenage couple after they brought their 8-month-old child to an emergency room in a hospital in Kasuga City, Fukuoka Prefecture, with a failing heart.
According to TV Asahi, the infant girl was admitted to the hospital at around 7 p.m. Sunday. Doctors succeeded in getting the girl’s heart beating again, but say she now appears to be in a state of brain death.
The hospital notified police that the infant exhibited bruises around the face and body, TV Asahi reported.
On Monday, police began questioning the child’s parents, who are both 19 and cannot be named because they are minors. They were quoted as saying that they sometimes hit their child because she misbehaved, TV Asahi reported.