Mother, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on October 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Oct. 11, 2012 – KAGOSHIMA —

Police said Thursday that a 33-year-old woman apparently stabbed her 9-year-old son to death and then hanged herself at their home in Kagoshima.

According to police, the woman, identified as Rika Yamashita, stabbed her son Kosei in the neck and then hanged herself sometime on Wednesday morning, TBS reported. The bodies were found by Yamashita’s father when he visited the apartment in the afternoon.

Police said that Yamashita lived alone with her son and that the two of them had recently moved to Kagoshima from another prefecture.

The principal of Kosei’s school was quoted as saying that he was a bright boy. However, Yamashita suffered from depression and was worried about the future, according to her relatives.

Japan Today

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