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.

© Japan Today

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