Woman arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Mar. 17, 2012 – HYOGO —

Police in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 37-year-old woman over the death of her 1-month-old daughter.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Chieko Yamaguchi, allegedly abused her daughter Rina sometime between 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:40 p.m. Thursday night. During that time, there was no one else at home, NTV reported.

Yamaguchi’s husband was away on a business trip and the couple’s 4-year-old daughter was at her grandmother’s place.

On Thursday afternoon, the grandmother was talking to Chieko on the phone when the connection was cut off. She went over to see if everything was OK. She found Rina unconsciousness in the living room and called 119. Rina was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later, NTV reported.

Chieko was quoted by police as saying that the infant wouldn’t stop crying and that she must have smothered her. She told police that she had worried before about being able to look after her daughter, NTV reported.

Japan Today

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