Man arrested for fatally abusing 2-year-old daughter of ex-girlfriend

Posted on June 15, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

SENDAI — June 15th, 2014

Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing the 2-year-old daughter of his former girlfriend.

According to police, Kazuya Saidoguchi, a construction worker in Sendai, faces child abuse charges after it was reported that on the evening of June 4, while looking after Hotaru, the daughter of his former girlfriend, he roughly pinched her face and other parts of her body, inflicting several injuries.

The child’s 20-year-old mother told police she noticed that there was something wrong with Hotaru when she returned home from her job at a bar early on June 9, TBS reported. Hotaru had also been left in Saidoguchi’s care that night. The mother then took Hotaru to a hospital where the child died on June 12, police said.

TBS quoted police as saying that they strongly believe the child was subjected to regular physical and possibly other forms of abuse at the hands of Saidoguchi.

Saidoguchi was quoted by police as saying he pinched the girl’s face and hit her to discipline her.

Although Saidoguchi and the child’s mother had broken up, she often asked him to babysit for Hotaru, police said.

Japan Today

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