Firefighter scalds girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter
TOCHIGI — March 24th, 2016
Police in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a firefighter on suspicion of scalding his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter last month.
The suspect, Reiji Suzuki, a 20-year-old firefighter at Yaita Fire Department, is suspected of physically assaulting the child by scalding her back at their residence in Sakura City on Feb 23, Fuji TV reported. Doctors said the girl’s injuries will take about six weeks to heal.
The incident came to light when the mother, 22, came home from work and noticed the burns on her daughter’s body. She took the girl to the hospital. Doctors were suspicious that burns were spread over the child’s body from her back to legs and notified police. Police believe that Suzuki poured boiling water on the girl, but he has denied the charge.
Suzuki was initially arrested on March 3 on suspicion of physically assaulting his girlfriend with a pair of scissors.