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Osaka man turns himself in over death of baby daughter

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

OCT. 30, 2013 – OSAKA —

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 38-year-old man who presented himself at a police station and confessed to the murder of his 1-year-old daughter.

According to police, Takahiro Fujimoto from Toyonaka in Osaka, dropped his 14-month-old daughter Ai on the ground on Sept 21, causing her to sustain injuries from which she later died. TBS reported that at the time of the incident, Fujimoto told paramedics that the child had sustained the injuries while he attempted to dislodge some food on which she was choking.

However, on Monday, Fujimoto turned himself in at a police station and confessed that he had dropped his daughter on the floor deliberately while in a rage due to her crying. Police say Fujimoto is to be charged with manslaughter.

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Couple confess to abandoning 3 newborn babies over 9-yr period

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

NOV. 01, 2013 – TOKYO —

In a bizarre case, police say a couple in Tokyo’s Ota Ward have been arrested on suspicion of abandoning their three babies soon after their births in 2002, 2010 and 2011.

According to police, Hideaki Tonuma, 32, who is unemployed, and his wife Chiemi, 31, a former bar hostess, have confessed to abandoning the three newborn babies. NHK reported Wednesday that the information came to light after the couple were arrested for abandoning a baby girl who was found alive in a public park in Ota in March 2011.

During police questioning, the couple also confessed to having disposed of the body of a son, born 11 years ago, who was reported missing shortly after his birth. The Tonumas claim the boy died and that they later disposed of his body in Saitama Prefecture, police said. 

NHK quoted police as saying that the pair also abandoned another baby girl in 2010. The girl was found but the son’s body was never found. Police said that DNA tests on the two baby girls led them to the parents who remained elusive until this month. 

The Tonumas also have a 9-year-old son who was placed in a child welfare center in 2004 after being abused by his parents, police said.

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