Archive for December, 2015

Woman arrested after body of newborn infant found in park toilet

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —

Police on Friday arrested a 27-year-old woman on a charge of abandoning a body after she gave birth in the toilet of a park in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and then put the body of the dead infant in a bag.

According to police, at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, a park maintenance worker called police and said there was blood in front of the toilet in Toyama Park and that a woman seemed to be in great pain, Fuji TV reported.

Police arrived and found the woman, bleeding. A tote bag contained the body of the newborn girl.

The woman, who was identified as Yui Yamamoto, had no fixed address and was unemployed, police said. She was quoted by police as saying she put the body of her dead baby daughter in the bag because she didn’t want anyone to see what had happened.

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Prosecutors seek 20-year sentence for man who let 5-year-old son starve to death

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KANAGAWA —

Prosecutors on Friday sought a 20-year prison sentence for a man who allowed his 5-year-old son to starve to death at an abandoned apartment in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The Yokohama District Court heard how the skeletal remains of Riku Saito were found in an apartment abandoned by his father Yukihiro Saito, a truck driver, in May 2014, Fuji TV reported. The boy had starved to death.

One month earlier, when the boy failed to show up at the start of the school term—where he had been enrolled several years before—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police in May. Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father until a week later. Saito lived in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) were found.

Saito—who was divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.

It was learned that although officers from a local child welfare center were supposed to have visited the home to find out what had happened to the boy, they never went.

The Kanagawa Board of Education said that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.

The court also heard that early one morning in October 2004, Riku had been taken into protective custody for a short time after he had run out of the house barefoot and wearing nothing but a diaper. While at the child welfare center, Riku was examined and found to have marks on his body signifying possible abuse.

A short while later, after the identity of Riku’s father was established, staff members at the child welfare center met with Yukihiro and decided that an officer from the center would visit the home to establish whether or not the environment was fit for a young child. However, over the following four years, not one visit took place.

A spokesperson for the child welfare center said at the time: “Whether or not the individual in charge of the case forgot or was too busy, we do not know, and it doesn’t matter. The fact remains that no home visits were conducted and that is a reflection of utter negligence on the part of the center.”

Staff were quoted as saying that the center was grossly understaffed at the time, potentially further contributing to the problem. “At the current time, we believe that child welfare centers are not adequately equipped to deal with cases of abuse and neglect such as this one (Riku),” said one worker. “As such, a revision of these organizations is absolutely necessary at this time to prevent similar cases of professional negligence in the future.”

The court will hand down its sentence on Oct 22.

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Mother suspected in fatal abuse of 10-month-old girl

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A woman currently hospitalized due to an emotional disturbance is suspected of fatally abusing her 10-month-old daughter, police in Kochi said.

According to police, the 40-year-old mother of Anzu Yoshimoto called a daycare center at around 10 a.m. on Oct 14 and said that her daughter was not well, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. The daycare center called ambulance which went to the woman’s home and found Anzu in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead on arrival.

Local media reported that on Oct 13, neighbors heard a loud angry shout and a girl crying inside the apartment.

An autopsy showed that the cause of Anzu’s death was acute subdural hematoma due to an external strong impact to her head, and the time of death was around 7 a.m. She also had a broken left leg and signs of bruises on her arms.

Police said Anzu’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown after she called the daycare center and has been hospitalized since Oct 14. They plan to question her after she recovers.

Meanwhile, local media reported that neighbors contacted police in June, expressing concern that Anzu was being abused after they heard her crying. The police notified the local child welfare center which told them there was no evidence of abuse at that time.

The woman also has a 5-year-old son.

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Body of 10-year-old boy, naked with hands and feet bound, found hanging from tree

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOKYO —

Police in Hino, Tokyo, are investigating the death of a 10-year-old whose body was found naked, with his feet and hands bound, hanging from a tree.

According to police, the boy was found hanging from a tree in a field at around 8 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. The site is about 600 meters southwest of the Keio Line’s Takahatafudo Station and is a hilly area surrounded by residences.

Police said the boy was hanged with vinyl tape. His hands were tied behind his back, and both his feet were tied. His clothes were nearby.

The boy’s mother called 110 at around 6:30 p.m. Monday after her son did not return home. She told police she last saw him at 11 a.m.

Police said there were no external signs of injury on the boy’s body and an autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxiation.

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Man jailed for 6 years for beating, coercing stepson to commit suicide

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TOKYO —

A 42-year-old man, who was arrested for abusing his 14-year-old stepson and coercing the boy to commit suicide in 2014, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Tokyo District Court handed down its ruling on Akira Murayama on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. Murayama had testified that he beat his stepson Yuito but denied ever telling him to commit suicide.

The court heard that Murayama violently hit the boy across the face, chest, and other parts of his body on July 29, 2014. The boy’s mother found him hanging by his neck above his bed at their apartment in Nishi-Tokyo at around 9 a.m. on July 30. The mother called 119 and the boy was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

At the hospital, medical personnel discovered bruising all over the boy’s body. Police later arrested Murayama on a charge of assault.

Yuito’s mother told police that when Murayama beat him on July 29, he told the boy he should kill himself within 24 hours.

Murayama told the court that the boy’s mother also beat the boy.

After his arrest for assault, Murayama said he had been disciplining his stepson since April 2013, hoping it would make him stronger. He also forced the boy to wear a face mask after telling him that he had bad breath.

Yuito’s classmates said that when he attended a sports meet in 2014 they could see bruises on his arms and legs.

The court heard that Murayama refused to let Yuito go to school for about two months before his suicide.

Murayama had been living with Yuito and his mother since 2011.

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Woman kills 16-year-old daughter, then stabs herself in apparent murder-suicide bid

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KANAGAWA —

A 16-year-old girl died of stab wounds and her 36-year-old Filipino mother is in critical condition after apparently stabbing herself at their home in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said Sunday.

The two were discovered by police accompanied by a relative at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night, Fuji TV reported. The relative had been worried at being unable to contact the woman.

The two were taken to hospital where the daughter was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

Police suspect the woman stabbed her daughter in the stomach and then herself in an attempted murder-suicide. A blood-stained knife was found near the mother, police said.

The mother and daughter lived with a Japanese man who was out at the time.

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24-year-old woman arrested for leaving newborn baby on road in Ibaraki

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IBARAKI —

Police in Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old woman for abandoning the body of her newborn daughter, with her umbilical cord still attached, by the side of a narrow road last Tuesday morning.

Police identified the woman as Miwa Sato, a part-time worker, who lives nearby with her mother and grandmother, Fuji TV reported.

Sato, who is single, was quoted by police as saying her mother and grandmother were out when she gave birth last Tuesday. She said she had no one to talk to and then her mind went completely blank.

A woman who lives nearby heard what she thought was a baby crying at around 6:30 a.m. and went outside to investigate. Her family brought the naked infant inside and called 110.

The temperature was about 12 degrees at the time and the woman said the baby had turned a purplish color. The child was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition, police said.

A male acquaintance of Sato, after seeing the news on TV, contacted police to say she might have been the person who abandoned the baby. On Friday, a DNA test identified Sato as the infant’s mother.

Sato’s mother and grandmother told police they didn’t even know she was pregnant.

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Man, girlfriend arrested for making his 2-year-old son smoke

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NAGOYA —

Police in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfriend after they forcefully made ​​his 2-year-old son smoke a cigarette.

According to police, Shun Habuchi, an unemployed resident of Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, and his 16-year-old girlfriend who cannot be named because she is a minor, are believed to have made Habuchi’s son smoke a cigarette on Nov 11, Fuji TV reported.

They used a smartphone to film making ​​the boy smoke a lit cigarette and posted it on Habuchi’s Facebook account the next day.

Police said the couple, who have been charged with child abuse, have admitted to the charge and were quoted by police as saying they did it for fun. They also said they had given the boy a lit cigarette many times.

Police said Habuchi and the girl met on Facebook and started dating in early November. They are currently living in a house with the girl’s older brother and her mother.

Police said the 2-year-old boy has been taken to a child welfare center.

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Chiba woman jailed for 7 years for killing 13-year-old daughter

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —

The Tokyo District Court on Friday upheld a ruling that sentenced a 44-year-old woman to seven years in prison for strangling her 13-year-old daughter in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture.

The court upheld the sentence handed down by the Chiba District Court, ruling that Mika Matsutani, a part-time worker, strangled her daughter Kasumi to death at their apartment last year. Matsutani told police that she had intended to kill herself after killing her daughter but couldn’t go through with it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Matsutani had defaulted on her home payment approximately three years ago, and had been having difficulty making ends meet ever since, a police spokesman said. She and her daughter had been ordered to vacate the premises by Sept 24, 2014.

When representatives from the Chiba District Court arrived at the apartment to see them out, they found Kasumi dead, lying face up a futon.

Prosecutors had sought a 14-year prison term for Matsutani but her lawyers argued that she was mentally unbalanced when she killed her daughter.

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16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents

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YAMAGATA —

Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, Yoshimi Suzuki, who is unemployed, and his wife who cannot be named because she is a minor, are suspected of putting their daughter Misora in a garbage bag and then placing the bag inside a trash can in their bedroom at around 10 p.m. on May 7. Misora suffocated to death.

Suzuki noticed that his daughter wasn’t moving and called 119. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead two hours later. The hospital notified police.

The couple, who were arrested on Sunday, have admitted to the charge and said they did it because their baby was crying really loudly while they were trying to play video games, police said.

The bin was 20 cms high and 20 cms in diameter. Suzuki and his wife were quoted by police as saying they didn’t think their daughter would die.

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Woman arrested for abandoning dead baby in paper bag

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CHIBA —

Police in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the corpse of her newborn baby in a paper bag last month.

According to police, Atsuko Tanaka, who is a nurse, gave birth to a baby girl at her apartment between Nov 17 and 19, Sankei Shimbun reported. She placed the infant in a paper bag, and left it within the apartment compound where the body was discovered on Nov 19.

Police said an autopsy showed the baby weighed only 950 grams and her lungs did not show any signs that she had breathed. Police believe the baby died at birth.

Tanaka, who was arrested on Tuesday, lives with her ​​mother and sister. They told police they were not aware that she was pregnant.

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Father, son dead; another son in coma after murder-suicide attempt

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |

YOKOHAMA —

A 60-year-old man and his son, in his 40s, were found dead in their apartment in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday, police said. The man’s younger son, in his 30s, was also found in a coma. All three had suffered knife wounds to the stomach.

Fuji TV reported that police received a call at around 12:15 a.m. Friday, in which the male caller said, “I’ve killed my father and older brother and I’m going to kill myself, too.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the apartment locked. After gaining entry into the apartment, they found the older man and his oldest son already dead. The second son was still alive and taken to hospital where he remains in a coma.

Police believe the younger son may have stabbed his father and older brother and then himself. A bloodied knife was found beside the younger brother, police said.

 

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22-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of 6-month-old son

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |

WAKAYAMA —

Police in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after strangled her 6-month-old son with a kotatsu electric cord.

According to police, the woman, Naomi Misu, strangled the child at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday while her husband was out. Fuji TV reported that she then called 119.

The boy was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma on Sunday.

Police said Misu, who was on maternity leave from her job at a bank, had consulted with Tanabe city welfare authorities on Dec 3, saying the child wouldn’t stop crying and she found child-rearing stressful.

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Man arrested over deaths of two daughters

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , |

CHIBA —

Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of killing his two daughters by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nobuya Amaha, an office worker, is suspected of burning coal briquettes in the bathroom at his residence in Sodegaura City and killing his daughters, Sae, 23, and Nami, 22, with carbon monoxide poisoning on Monday morning, Fuji TV reported.

On Monday, Amaha sent an email to his relatives which suggested he was suicidal. Police said the email read: “Thank you for everything you have done. We cannot hold out any longer.”

After the relative notified police about the email, officers went to Amaha’s residence where he and his two daughters were found unconscious in the bathroom. They were taken to hospital where Sae and Nami were pronounced dead.

Police said Amaha has admitted to the charge and said that his wife died of illness last May and the family was depressed about their future. He said he wanted to die with his daughters.

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42-year-old man arrested for attempting to strangle 6-year-old son to death

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |

YOKOHAMA —

Police in Yokohama said Monday they have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to murder his 6-year-old son.

Shunsuke Okudera, an office employee, is suspected of attempting to strangle his son to death at their home at around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Fuji TV reported.

Okudera’s mother, who lives with them, called 110 reporting her grandson had been strangled by her son. When police arrived at the residence, the son was lying on the floor in the living room. Okudera admitted to the charge and was arrested at the scene.

Police said the boy is in a coma.

So far, Okudera has not said anything to police about why he attacked his son.

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