Archive for December 21st, 2011

Woman held for feeding baby daughter jelly laced with sleeping pills

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 42-year-old woman for the attempted murder of her one-year-old daughter at their home in Nagoya.

Police were called by the woman’s father on Monday at around 3 p.m. after she reportedly told him she had crushed 18 sleeping pills into a bowl of jelly, which she then fed to her daughter, NTV reported. The 22-month-old baby was rushed to hospital where doctors say her condition is not life-threatening. Police say the woman’s husband was at work at the time of the incident.

The girl’s mother was arrested for attempted murder. During police questioning she was quoted by investigators as saying that she was planning to kill herself after killing her child, NTV reported.

The woman’s father told police that she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

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Mother cycling with 2 daughters run over at crossing; both children die

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Dec. 20, 2011
A mother riding a bicycle with her two young daughters was run over by a car at a crossing in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Monday afternoon.

Police said Tuesday that the woman has yet to regain consciousness, and that her two daughters died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. Ayumi, 2, died shortly after the accident, while Junko, 4, died early Tuesday, TV Asahi reported. Neither child was wearing a helmet, reports say.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Japan National Route 354. The woman, identified as Clare Sakurai, 34, a Filipino, was riding across a zebra crossing with her two daughters when they were hit by a car, which then proceeded to collide with an oncoming truck and was knocked onto its side, TV Asahi reported.

The 65-year-old driver of the car, who has been arrested, reportedly told police that he tried to swerve right to avoid the cyclist but didn’t make it in time.

Police are investigating to see whether the traffic light was green or red at the time of the incident.

Local residents say that since the March 11 disaster, fewer streetlights have been turned on, making visibility poor in the area at that time of the day.

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