18-month-old girl dies after being left alone in hot room for 18 hours
SEP. 15, 2013 – SAITAMA
Police in Saitama have arrested a woman who left her 18-month-old daughter alone at home in a non-air-conditioned room last month, causing the child to die of heatstroke.
According to police, 22-year-old Kaori Ishizuka left her infant daughter Riona in their apartrment alone from 12 noon on Aug 10 for 18 hours while she went to work, TV Asahi reported. She did not turn the air conditioning on when she left. The temperature outside that day reached 37.7 degrees in Saitama, according tot he Japan Meteorological Agency.
Police said Ishizuka has been charged with manslaughter. During questioning, Ishizuka was quoted by police as saying, “I had left her home alone before, so I thought she would be okay this time too.”
Police said Ishizuka was investigated by a child consultation center once before in July when she was suspected of having left her daughter unsupervised. Ishizuka has denied the charge, but when social workers followed up with visits to her home on two separate occasions, nobody answered the door.