Archive for May, 2013

39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 MAY. 22, 2013 – AITAMA —

Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 39-year-old man over the death of his 1-month-old baby son in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Yuji Obaku, was investigated after his son Ryuto was taken to hospital and diagnosed with brain damage in early March, NTV reported. Staff at the hospital advised police that the boy’s injuries may have been caused by violence.

Following a police investigation, Obaku was accused of seizing the infant by the head and slamming him into a futon mattress. Police say Obaku also shook the boy repeatedly.

Obaku and his 27-year-old wife already had two children before Ryuto, police said. It is currently unknown whether Obaku’s other children also suffered from assault or mistreatment.

During police questioning, Obaku was quoted by police as saying: “I got angry because he wouldn’t stop crying.”

Japan Today

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Kumamoto baby hatch says it received 9 infants in fiscal 2012

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Orphanages | Tags: , , , |

MAY. 23, 2013 – KUMAMOTO —

Jikei Hospital, which offers to anonymously accept children from parents who feel they cannot raise their children, has released a report on the number of babies left in its baby hatch.

Jikei Hospital Board Chairman Taiji Hasuda said the catholic hospital’s baby hatch received nine babies between April 2012 and March this year, TBS reported Thursday.

According to the hospital, seven of the mothers who put their babies into the hospital’s care also provided their addresses. One of those was from Kumamoto, and this year for the first time a parent traveled from Hokkaido to seek help.

The hospital said that it received 17 infants in 2007, 25 in 2008, 15 in 2009, 18 in 2010, 8 in 2011, bringing the total to 92 since it started the service. It added that exactly half of the babies were male and half female.

Information taken from parents reveals that three of the children were born in Kyushu, two in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, one from Hokkaido, and two from undisclosed locations. Jikei said that new family registers were drawn up for the children by the Kumamoto city authorities, TBS reported.

Kumamoto City Mayor Seishi Koyama said, “We are beginning to see babies brought in from far afield and some for whom information about their place of birth was not provided. We are looking into the safety considerations around women driving long distances alone immediately after giving birth at home, as well as the legal issues surrounding individuals whose place of birth is unknown.”

Over the years, people have left the babies at the hospital for some bizarre reasons. One woman left her baby there because she wanted to study abroad; in another case, a woman tried to use the hatch as a temporary babysitting service while she worked and, in a third case, a man who was given custody of his nephew, embezzled the boy’s inheritance before abandoning him in the hatch. The system has been subject to misuse since its inception, after a man left a 3-year-old preschooler in the hatch on the day it opened.

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The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5) helps our children!

Posted on May 20, 2013. Filed under: Parental Alienation Syndrome | Tags: , , , |

Dr. Bill Bernet, lead a group of interested professionals in encouraging the DSM 5 editing group to include Parental Alienation Disorder. The new DSM 5 was published on May 18, 2013 and is the reference book for psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health providers  Here is Dr. Bernet’s unedited analysis of the result.


Finally, DSM-5 was published today.  The DSM-5 Task Force told us 2 or 3 years ago that they did not want parental alienation to be a separate diagnosis in DSM-5, but they thought that parental alienation could be considered an example of other diagnoses that are in DSM-5.


The actual words “parental alienation” are not in DSM-5, but there are several diagnoses that can be used in these cases.  I would say the “spirit” of parental alienation is in DSM-5, even if the words are not.


Parent-child relational problem now has a discussion in DSM-5, not just a label.  The discussion explains that cognitive problems in parent-child relational problem “may include negative attributions of the other’s intentions, hostility toward or scapegoating of the other, and unwarranted feelings of estrangement.”  That is a pretty good description of a child’s view of the alienated parent, although it is an unfortunate use of the word “estrangement.”


Child psychological abuse is a new diagnosis in DSM-5.  It is defined as “nonaccidental verbal or symbolic acts by a child’s parent or caregiver that result, or have reasonable potential to result, in significant psychological harm to the child.”  In many instances, the behavior of the alienating parent constitutes child psychological abuse.


Child affected by parental relationship distress is another new diagnosis in DSM-5.  It should be used “when the focus of clinical attention if the negative effects of parental relationship discord (e.g., high levels of conflict, distress, or disparagement) on a child in the family, including effects on the child’s mental or other physical disorders.”  That is also a good description of how parental alienation comes about.


Factitious disorder imposed on another is the DSM-5 terminology for factitious disorder by proxy or Munchausen disorder by proxy.  Its definition is “falsification of physical or psychological signs or symptoms, or induction of injury or disease, in another, associated with identified deception.”  In some cases, that would describe the behavior of the alienating parent.


Delusional symptoms in partner of individual with delusional disorder is the DSM-5 terminology for shared psychotic disorder or folie a deux.  The definition is: “In the context of a relationship, the delusional material from the dominant partner provides content for delusional belief by the individual who may not otherwise entirely meet criteria for delusional disorder.”


In discussing this topic, I would say that the concept of parental alienation is clearly in DSM-5, although the actual words are not.  This is a great improvement over DSM-IV-TR, especially with the addition of the new diagnoses, child psychological abuse and child affected by parental relationship distress.


Dr. Bernet is currently working with PAAO to present a webinar on this subject in the next 2 – 3 weeks. We will notify you of the details shortly.

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Man kills 3 family members, then himself

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 May. 17, 2013 – CHIBA —

Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide.

Fuji TV reported that a building manager discovered the bodies of two adults and two children in the apartment at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and informed the police.

According to police, Shino Nonaka, 39, her 12-year-old daughter Ayane and 10-year-old son Junpei were each found lying dead on their futons. Police said all three had bruising on their necks consistent with strangulation.

Shino’s husband, Kenji, 43, was found strangled to death by a length of rope attached to a doorknob.

Police say that the apartment had been locked from the inside and that no signs of forced entry could be found, leading them to believe that Kenji Nonaka murdered his family before committing suicide.

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Woman, ex-boyfriend arrested for burying her daughter’s body

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

Crime Apr. 25, 2013 – IBARAKI —

Police in Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 30-year-old woman and her ex-boyfriend for allegedly burying the body of the woman’s daughter in a forest in Yokohama.

TBS reported that the girl’s mother, who has been named as 30-year-old Yukie Yamaguchi, was taken in for questioning this month over the disappearance of her then 6-year-old daughter, Airi, last July. Police say the remains of Airi’s body were discovered on April 21 based on Yamaguchi’s confession.

According to police, Yamaguchi and her ex-boyfriend, a 28-year-old Yokohama-based construction worker named Ryuichi Yatsui, buried the girl’s body last July, TBS reported. Yatsui said Airi died after he hit and kicked her to discipline her, police said.
Airi was registered to attend an Ibaraki elementary school last April, but when she didn’t show up on the first day of school in February this year, the school asked to see her, but Yamaguchi refused.

The school then contacted the child consultation center who reported the incident to police, TBS said.

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Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

SAITAMA —Crime May. 05, 2013

Police on Saturday arrested a 31-year-old woman for allegedly throwing her two-year-old daughter from the 4th-floor balcony of their apartment in Ageoshi, Saitama Prefecture.

According to police, an eyewitness called authorities at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to report that a woman had thrown a child from the balcony. Police rushed to the scene and found the child lying on the ground.

Fuji TV reported that she remains in a coma in hospital. The girl fell a distance of about 10 meters, police were quoted as saying.

The mother, who is Chinese, was quoted by police as saying she was sorry for doing such a terrible thing, but gave no motive.

Her husband, who is Chinese, was out at the time. The couple also has a 1-year-old son who was home at the time of the incident.

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22-year-old mother arrested after infant’s body found in her room

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime May. 11, 2013 – SAPPORO —

Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old woman after the remains of her newborn son were discovered in her bedroom in Sapporo.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Saya Kano, works as a nurse. Fuji TV reported that she apparently gave birth at her home at the beginning of March. Her mother entered her room on Thursday night and discovered the baby’s remains wrapped in a towel and notified police.

Kano, who is a single mother, was with friends at a karaoke parlor where she was picked up by police about two hours later, Fuji reported.

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Man arrested for killing his 2 teenage children

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime May. 15, 2013 HIROSHIMA —

Police on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death his two teenage children at their home in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Masamichi Nakasone, a company employee, called 110 at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and reported that he had stabbed his two children to death. Fuji TV reported that emergency services and police rushed to the scene and found the two children—his 17 year-old daughter Haruka and his 13-year-old son Masaya—bleeding from stab wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said Nakasone was found with stab wounds to his stomach and believe he tried to commit suicide. He is in a stable condition in hospital, Fuji quoted police as saying.

Nakasone was recently separated from his wife and looking after their two children. His boss at work was quoted as saying he had not appeared well recently and was stressed out, while a neighbor said that he seemed to be a wonderful father.

Police said they will wait for Nakasone to recover before questioning him.

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13-year-old boy commended by police for rescuing woman from train groper

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Uplifting Stories | Tags: , , |

TOKYO — May 12th, 2013 (Japan Today)

In a small ceremony at the Ukyo Ward Precinct of the Kyoto Prefectural Police recently, Chief Suzuki presented 13-year-old junior high student Ryoga Nomura with a certificate of appreciation for his bravery during a train ride home. Nomura was recognized for almost single-handedly leading police to the arrest of a drunken adult male for inappropriately touching the woman next to him.

The story, according to Nomura, began at around 5 p.m. on April 14. He was returning home from baseball practice on the Sanin rapid train from Kyoto to Nijo Station when he detected “booze stink.” Looking over at the seats across the aisle, he could see an intoxicated male in his 60s sitting next to a 29-year-old woman. The male was persistently touching the woman on her breasts and lower body. The male was sitting on the aisle seat resulting in the woman being pinned between him and the window. She sat silently pressed up against the glass while shaking her head “no” at him.

It wasn’t long before the young man spoke out very calmly and clearly telling the letch, “The lady doesn’t like that, so stop.” The male either too drunk to know better or playing it up so he could get away with it responded by saying things like, “She doesn’t hate it” and “I’m not a pervert.”

Soon after the train arrived at Nijo Station, Nomura chose to remain on the train and play this scenario out. Unshaken, but now a little pissed off because he missed his stop, Nomura went into action. “Everyone around listen up, if this guy flips out, just take him down,” said Nomura sternly yet calmly as he called out to the woman. He was then able to escort her over to where a group of high school girls were waiting, having heard the entire exchange. Rather than flipping out, the male pretended to sleep as if nothing had happened once the woman was out of the seat.

When the train arrived at Saga Arashiyama Station, Nomura immediately went to contact the conductor, who then called the police. Officers arrested the man for indecent assault. Nomura decided to call it a day and go home, but having ridden the train two stops past his destination, he had to buy another ticket (Nomura went past the ticket gates with the police officers, making sure the perpetrator was apprehended). Seeing the hero try to pay extra for his train ride, the cops told him not to worry about it and decided to give him a commendation.

During the presentation ceremony, Nomura said of his actions with a shy smile, “I’m glad, but I just did what’s normal to do in that situation.”

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