Archive for June, 2013

1-yr-old girl left in car for 4 hours while mother plays pachinko

Posted on June 30, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

JUN. 29, 2013   FUKUOKA —

Police in Shingu, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Saturday that an 18-year-old woman and her 36-year-old male friend have been arrested after the woman’s one-year-old daughter was left inside a car for four hours while they played pachinko.

A policeman on patrol found the girl inside the car in the parking lot of a karaoke establishment at about 6 p.m. on Friday, NTV reported. When the mother and her companion returned to the car, they told police they had been playing pachinko since about 2 p.m.

The engine was left running and the air conditioner was on, police said, adding the child was unharmed. Police said the pair will be charged with endangering the child’s life.

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3 school bullies sent to child consultation center following suicide of victim

Posted on June 11, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Bullying | Tags: , , , , |

JUN. 11, 2013 -KANAGAWA —

Police in Kanagawa Prefecture said Tuesday that three junior high school students have been sent to a child consultation center following the suicide of a boy they bullied.

According to police, the second-grade students confessed to holding down and hitting the boy, also a second-grader, at a school in Yugawara in late February this year. TBS reported that the victim later took his own life at his home in April.

It is believed that his suicide was connected to the bullying he had suffered at school. In a questionnaire handed to students, several said they had seen the boy being bullied at least 40 times.

During questioning, the boys told investigators that they had bullied the deceased boy for fun, TBS reported.

At a press conference on Monday, the board of education responsible for the school apologized for failing to identify and deal with the bullying. A spokesman said that teachers at the school had not been aware the boy was being bullied.

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Driver arrested after car hits mother, daughter on bike, killing girl

Posted on June 5, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 There have been too many of these driver related hit and runs lately in Japan.

JUN. 05, 2013 – TOKYO —

The 72-year-old driver of a car has been arrested after he hit a 35-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter riding a bicycle in Komae, Tokyo. The girl died as a result of injuries, police said.

The incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses were quoted as saying the car and the bicycle were going in the same direction along a narrow road with no sidewalks. The car veered left, hitting the bike from behind and dragged it for about 100 meters before hitting a wall.

Takako Hattori and her 2-year-old daughter Ayako were knocked off the bike. Police said Ayako suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital. Her mother remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

The driver, Toshio Takahashi, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted by police as saying that he hunched over because he had an acute stomach ache and that’s when he hit the bicycle. He said he then mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

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