Archive for January 8th, 2019

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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