Archive for January, 2019

Father arrested for kicking, punching 7-year-old son

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 40-year-old man on suspicion of abusing his 7-year-old son.

According to police, Toshio Namekawa punched his son in the face and kicked him at their home in mid-June, local media reported. He took the boy to hospital which notified a child welfare center of possible abuse.

Police said Namekawa, who lives alone with his son, has denied abusing his boy whose injuries took about two weeks to heal.

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22-year-old man arrested for fatal abuse of 6-month-old son

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Osaka on Thursday arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his six-month-old son at their apartment last December.

According to police, Daichi Matsuzaki, a part-time worker, abused his son at their apartment in Yodogawa Ward between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec 17, Fuji TV reported. At the time, Matsuzaki was at home alone with the child and his older son, 2. His then wife, 22, was away at work.

When his wife returned home, she noticed something wrong with their six-month-old son and called 119. The child was taken to hospital where doctors said he was suffering from a blood clot on the brain caused by a severe head injury. The child died three weeks later.

The hospital notified police about a case of possible child abuse.

Matsuzaki, who has denied the charge, was quoted by police as saying he did nothing to hurt his son. He said the child fell off the sofa while sleeping and started crying, and that he tried to soothe him.

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Parents arrested for abusing 1-month-old son

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Kyoto have arrested a 31-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife on suspicion of abusing their one-month-old son in June 2017.

According to police, Kazushi Higashie, a nutritionist, and his wife Marina abused their then one-month-old son between June 12 and June 21 last year at their house in Nishikyo Ward, fracturing his right thigh and breaking his right leg, Fuji TV reported.

After they took the boy to hospital, a doctor contacted the local child welfare center about a case of possible abuse. The center then notified police.

Police said Higashie has admitted to abusing the boy but his wife has denied the charge.

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25-year-old woman arrested for abandoning corpses of 3 infants in Sendai apartment

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Osaka have arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of three infants in an apartment where she used to live in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.

According to police, Reika Yoshimaru, an adult entertainment shop employee in Osaka’s Ikuno Ward, was arrested on suspicion of corpse abandonment after the remains of the infants were found in the apartment, Fuji TV reported.

Police said that on Wednesday night, Yoshimaru went to a koban (police box) in Osaka and said she had left the remains of a newborn child in her apartment in Sendai in December 2016. When Sendai police searched the vacant apartment in Aoba Ward on Thursday, they found the remains of three newborn infants in plastic bags inside a suitcase in a closet.

Police said Yoshimaru lived in the Sendai apartment, which she still rents, from November 2014 until January 2017. They said Yoshimaru has admitted to giving birth to all three infants — two boys and one girl — but gave no further information on when they were born or who the father or fathers were.

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Woman arrested for abusing 18-month-old daughter

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Yokohama have arrested an unemployed 24-year-old Chinese woman on suspicion of abusing her 18-month-old daughter in June.

According to police, Guo Yian beat the child about the head until she lost consciousness at their apartment in Isogo Ward at around 11:30 p.m. on June 19, Fuji TV reported.

Guo lives with her 28-year-old Chinese husband, 4-year-old son and daughter. The husband was out at the time of of the alleged abuse. When he returned home and noticed his daughter unconscious, his wife said she had fallen off a bench.

The couple then took the girl to a hospital. Doctors diagnosed her as suffering from a blood clot on the brain. They also noticed bruises on her body and notified police about a possible case of child abuse.

Guo went to China in July after becoming ill and was arrested this week upon her return to Japan. Police said she has admitted hitting her daughter’s legs and hands to discipline her but denied hitting her on the head, police said.

The baby remains in a coma in hospital.

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36-year-old father arrested for beating 8-year-old son to death

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 8-year-old son at their home.

According to police, Tsuyoshi Okada, a dental technician, physically assaulted his son Yushin at their home on Sept 17. Police said Okada beat Yushin about the head and called 119 the next day at 6:50 a.m. and said his son wasn’t breathing, Fuji TV reported. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Doctors said he had likely died around 4 a.m.

An autopsy showed that Yushin had suffered a fractured skull. Police said Okada has admitted to beating his son.

At the time of the incident, Yushin’s mother was also home and police are questing her about her knowledge of what went on.

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Woman arrested for leaving body of newborn baby in coin lockers for 4-5 years

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Tokyo said Tuesday they have arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning a body after she left the corpse of her newborn baby in coin lockers for 4-5 years.

According to police, the woman, Emiri Suzaki, turned herself in at a police station in Arakawa Ward at around 11 a.m. on Monday and said she had left her baby’s remains in a locker near JR Uguisudani Station in Taito Ward on Sept 13, Fuji TV reported. Police went to the locker and found the infant’s remains in a plastic bag inside a tote bag.

Suzaki, who has no fixed address or employment, told police she had given birth to the baby in a hotel room four or five years ago. She said the baby was stillborn, and she panicked because she didn’t know what to do with it, so she placed the infant’s body in various lockers at the station for the past few years. She would go back to the lockers every few days and put coins in.

Police said the gender of the baby is unknown.

Suzaki told police she was evicted from the place where she had been staying and forgot to take the locker key with her, so she decided to tell police what she had done before someone else found the key.

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Parents arrested for child abuse after beating 1-year-old daughter unconscious

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old man and his 20-year-old wife on suspicion of abusing their one-year-old daughter.

According to police, Yuki Nishimura, a demolition worker, and his wife Saori allegedly beat and slapped their 17-month-old daughter at their home at around 11 p.m. on Sept 29, Fuji TV reported. The girl lost consciousness and her parents took her to hospital where doctors said she had suffered an acute subdural hematoma.

Police said the girl remains unconscious and in a critical condition.

The couple have three children — a two-year-old son, their injured daughter and a four-month-old son.

Police said they have admitted to hitting their daughter because she often wouldn’t listen to them.

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Mother accused of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs pleads not guilty

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 24-year-old woman accused of killing her 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with hypertension drugs and other medicine in December 2016 pleaded not guilty at the opening session of her trial Monday at the Tokyo District Court.

According to the indictment, Sachika Tabata, who was arrested in July 2017, allegedly added high blood pressure medicine to her daughter Shion’s milk on Dec 29, 2016, at the family’s house in Meguro Ward, Fuji TV reported. Shion died of complications soon after.

The baby was born underweight and was treated at a hospital after her birth until about a week before being taken back to her mother’s house.

The case came to light after an autopsy on Shion’s body showed traces of medicine which matched pills found at Tabata’s home.

At the time of Shion’s death, Tabata was living with her disabled mother who was taking prescribed medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. According to police, Tabata was in control of her mother’s medicines and had access to them.

Prosecutors believe that Tabata was aware of the harm that the medicines could do to her daughter. Tabata has denied putting any medicine in Shion’s milk bottle.

In their opening statement on Monday, prosecutors said the baby’s father was a customer at the hostess club where Tabata worked. The man had no further contact with Tabata and she never wanted to have the baby, prosecutors claimed.

Tabata’s lawyer said there was no direct evidence showing that she put any medicine in the milk and that she had no motive to kill her child, whom she had vaccinated against the flu on the day of the alleged crime.

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Man arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture, on Saturday arrested an unemployed 30-year-old man on suspicion of beating his three-month-old daughter at their home.

According to police, Hiroki Jinda has admitted to the charge and said he beat his daughter at around 12:10 a.m. on Thursday because she wouldn’t stop crying and it got on his nerves, Fuji TV reported. Jinda told police he held his daughter by her toes and hit her stomach and left thigh.

Jinda’s wife, who was working part-time, noticed her daughter’s condition when she returned home and they took her to the hospital. Doctors noticed several bruises on her body. The child also had cracked ribs. The hospital then contacted police about a case of possible child abuse.

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Remains of 2 babies found in Saitama house

Posted on January 13, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

The remains of two babies have been found in a house in Namegawa, Saitama Prefecture, police said Sunday.

According to police, the skeletonized remains of one baby was found wrapped in a towel inside a plastic bag in a room on the second floor by a 76-year-old woman who lives there are at around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Fuji TV reported. The second corpse was found hidden in the room on Saturday.

The woman and her 75-year-old husband were cleaning up, getting ready to move out of the house. Police said their daughter, who died in hospital in June at the age of 42, had lived in the house with them until 15 years ago, and believe she was the mother of the two babies who may died soon after birth.

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33-year-old man arrested for abusing girlfriend’s 2-year-old son

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

Police in Yokohama said Tuesday they have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of abusing the two-year-old son of his 25-year-old girlfriend with whom he lived.

The suspect, Masamune Miyoshi, an engineering worker, was arrested on Oct 15 for beating his girlfriend. Police rearrested him on Monday on the child abuse charge.

According to police, Miyoshi and his girlfriend and her son started living together at the end of August. He has admitted beating the child regularly from early September until Oct 3 at their apartment in Hodogaya Ward, police said. Fuji TV reported that the boy suffered injures that will take about six months to heal.

On Oct 3, Miyoshi and his girlfriend took the boy to a hospital and said he had injured himself after falling off a playground slide. Doctors suspected child abuse and notified the local child welfare center, which contacted the police.

Police quoted Miyoshi’s girlfriend as saying that he started beating her son about a week after they began living together because he wouldn’t go to sleep when told to. She said that when she tried to intervene, Miyoshi hit her, too.

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Mother fatally stabs sons, aged 3 and 5

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 31-year-old woman in Higashi-Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing her two sons, aged 3 and 5, with a kitchen knife.

According to police, Ryoko Iwanaga called 110 at around 5:45 p.m. Monday and said she had killed her children. When police arrived at her residence, they found her sons, Hayato, 5, and Sota, 3, collapsed, with multiple stab wounds in their back, Fuji TV reported.

They were taken to hospital where they were confirmed dead.

Police said Iwanaga has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying she felt sad about the children’s future and didn’t want them to grow up and be as miserable as she is.

Iwanaga lived with her husband, who was out at the time, and her two sons.

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Mother who left dead baby in train station locker gets suspended sentence

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 35-year-old woman who left the corpse of her newborn daughter in a coin locker in August has been given a suspended sentence by the Saitama District Court.

Kaori Horiguchi was found guilty of abandoning the stillborn body of her daughter in a coin locker at Kita-Sakado Station on the Tobu Tojo Line in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. She was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for three years.

The court heard that a security guard reported to police at around 3 p.m. on Aug 29 that a foul smell was emanating from one of the coin lockers at the station. Police opened the locker and found the naked body of the infant inside a shoulder bag. An autopsy showed that a few days had passed since she died. No visible injuries were present on the body.

In handing down his sentence, Judge Toshikazu Ishii ruled that Horiguchi was “selfish and irresponsible” to abandon her deceased infant inside a coin locker. On the other hand, he pointed out, “It is obvious that [the mother] carried out her crime after being driven to an unstable psychological state.” Because she showed remorse during her trial, the judge deemed the suspended sentence as reasonable.

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Father arrested over death of 2-year-old stepdaughter

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his two-year-old stepdaughter by beating her about the head at their home in Osaka’s Higashiyodogawa Ward last year.

According to police, Takahiro Imanishi, an electrician currently residing in Osaka’s Neyagawa City, is accused of fatally beating his stepdaughter Noa last December at their apartment, Fuji TV reported. The child subsequently died of an acute subdural hematoma due to head injuries, doctor said.

At the time, Noa was living with her mother and Imanishi. Police said Noa’s mother was not at home when Imanishi beat the girl.

Noa was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness. After hospital officials alerted police to a case of possible abuse, Imanishi said Noa had been crying and he tried to stop her by rolling her on top of a futon.

However, doctors that the two-year-old appeared to have been strongly shaken and beaten about the head.

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Parents plead guilty to starving 1-year-old son to death

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A husband and wife pleaded guilty on Monday to starving to death their 1-year-old son.

During the opening session of their trial at the Saitama District Court, Kenshiro Yamabe and his wife Hitomi, both 25, pleaded guilty to starving their son Haruto in October last year at their apartment in Okegawa in Saitama Prefecture, Sankei Shimbun reported. They gave their son only milk when he cried, according to the indictment.

The court heard that the couple called 119 on Oct 9, 2017, after Haruto fell unconscious. He died later that night in hospital. He weighed just 3.8 kilograms, less than half the average weight for a child of his age, at the time of his death.

As there were no signs of physical abuse on the boy’s body, doctors determined Haruto died as a result of being deprived of food over an extended period of time.

The couple have admitted that they frequently ignored Haruto while they played video games.

Haruto had two older brothers, then aged 4 and 3, but they had no health problems.

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Mother gets 2 years in prison for abusing 8-month-old daughter who suffered frostbite

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 25-year-old woman has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Saitama District Court for parental neglect after abandoning her 8-month-old daughter in a bathroom in midwinter. The infant subsequently lost parts of two toes due to frostbite.

According to the ruling, Asuka Kamikubo left her daughter, wearing only a diaper, inside the bathroom at their home in Soka from 5 p.m. on Jan 13 until 1 p.m. the next day, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Overnight, the temperature dropped below zero. There was no heating in the bathroom and the child suffered frostbite in her toes.

Prosecutors said Kamikubo had also beaten her daughter between November 2017 and Jan 15 this year.

In handing down the court’s ruling, the presiding judge said the defendant put her daughter’s life at risk and dismissed Kamikubo’s claim that she couldn’t hear her daughter’s cries from the bathroom.

Kamikubo lived with her daughter and son, 2. On Jan 15, she took her children to visit her parents and her mother noticed something wrong with the little girl. She was taken to hospital which contacted a child welfare center about a possible case of child abuse.

Kamikubo admitted to abusing her daughter. However, her son was not harmed.

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Body of newborn infant found floating in river

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

The body of a newborn baby of undetermined gender was found floating in a river in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said Friday.

According to police, the infant, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found floating face down in the shallows of the Kaname River by a man jogging at around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Fuji TV reported.

The infant was naked and there were no visible signs of injury.

Police said they are examining nearby surveillance camera footage to try and identify who abandoned the child.

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