Archive for January 13th, 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

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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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