Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house

Posted on October 17, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

SHIGA — Oct. 9th, 2014

Police in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a couple for chaining their 8-year-old son to a column in their livingroom.

According to police, a friend of the boy had come to visit him at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. He peeked in the window when no one answered the door, NTV reported. He saw the boy chained by the waist to the column and told a neighbor who called police.

Police freed the boy and arrested his parents, Yasuna Miyajima, 32, and his wife Akane, 27, when they returned home. The boy said he had been chained for about 8 hours and not allowed to go to the toilet; his father made him use a pot.

NTV reported that the boy had been absent from school for about a week in July and that when he returned, teachers noticed bruises and burns on his arm and notified a child welfare center. Welfare center staff visited the family in July; however, they found nothing out of the ordinary. They visited a second time in August but no one was at home.

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