Man dies after setting fire to himself, son on school groundsDEC. 24, 2013 TOKYO —
A 49-year-old man doused his son and himself with a flammable liquid and then set fire to himself and the boy on the grounds of a school in Tokyo on Monday morning.
According to police, the boy was playing baseball with his teammates when his father entered the grounds of Shiomi elementary school in Bunkyo Ward at around 10:30 a.m. NHK reported that the man took his son away from the group and then poured liquid, believed to be heating oil, on him and himself. He then held onto the boy as he set fire to himself.
Police said the man was pronounced dead on Monday night, while the boy remains unconscious. NHK quoted police as saying that the man is estranged from the boy and his mother and that the woman consulted police last year about her husband’s abusive behavior.