Woman under investigation after 1-year-old son found injured Apr. 22, 2012 – 06:51AM JST
Police said Saturday they are questioning the mother of a one-year-old boy who suffered a severe head injury that left him unconscious.
Emergency services were called to the 39-year-old woman’s apartment in Hirakata on the evening of April 17. She claimed that her son had fallen down the stairs. Paramedics found the boy unconscious and bleeding from the mouth, Fuji TV reported.
Doctors later became suspicious when they found the boy had sustained a powerful blow to the head which they say was inconsistent with his mother’s story. They also discovered bruises on his body of the type sustained when a child is held down. Police say they suspect there may have been a history of mistreatment and violence in the household, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, the boy’s mother is currently under investigation. Police say the boy and his mother had, until recently, been living with a 22-year-old construction worker, but that he was arrested on April 10 for allegedly kicking the woman in the head.