Man held for dropping 1-yr-old son from 10th floor apartment

Posted on December 17, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death |

TOKYO — Dec. 16th, 2011

A baby survived a 10-floor fall virtually unscathed after being deliberately dropped by his father from their apartment in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Thursday, reports said.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. in Kiba. The one-year-old boy landed in some shrubbery at the bottom of the building, where he was found in tears by police officers who had rushed to the scene, local reports said.

Police arrested the boy’s 37-year-old father on suspicion of attempted murder. The suspect was named by media as Shingo Hashimoto, who reportedly admitted to the crime.

“I tried to kill my son. I tried to strangle him with my hands and dropped him” out of his bedroom window, police quoted the father as saying, according to Kyodo News.

Police said the youngster suffered only slight cuts to his face and Hashimoto called the police himself after the incident, Kyodo reported.

Hashimoto’s family told police that he recently seemed to be “distressed about work.”

Hashimoto had been alone with his son at the time of the incident, local media said. His 38-year-old wife and 4-year-old daughter were out at the time.

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