Baby left in car dies while mother plays pachinko
Aug. 17, 2012 – 04:30PM MIE —
Police in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 45-year-old woman over the death of her 5-month-old son whom she left in her car for more than three hours while she played pachinko.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Takako Sato, left her baby son Ryosuke in the car in the parking lot outside the pachinko parlor for around three hours from 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. The car’s engine was not running and the windows were closed.
The local meteorological observatory said that the temperature outside at about 3 p.m. was 32.9 degrees, but inside the car, it would have been much higher. Ryosuke is believed to have died of heat stroke, police said.
Police said Sato will be charged with negligence resulting in death.