Abuse Neglect Death

Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son

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CHIBA — January 8th, 2016

Police in Chiba have arrested a 46-year-old Chinese woman on suspicion of murdering her 5-year-old son at their residence.

According to police, the suspect, Yuqiong Cai, 46, drowned her youngest son Shunko, aged 5, in the bath at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Fuji TV reported that the when the woman’s husband returned home from work at around 8:15 p.m., he found Shunko unconscious and called 119. Shunko was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cai lived with her husband and two sons, the oldest of whom is 17. Police said she came to Japan last fall due to her husband’s work.

Cai was quoted by police as saying that Shunko was blind and she was depressed thinking of his future. However, Shunko was not blind and there was no health issue with him at all. Neither of the sons attended school and Cai was not close to any of the neighbors, local residents said.

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Newborn baby girl dies after being found in dental clinic toilet

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TOKYO — January 8th, 2016

A newborn baby girl was found in the toilet at a dental clinic in a building in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Thursday. The baby was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, one of the employees of the dentist called 110 reporting that an infant was in the women’s toilet. Police said the baby was not covered with anything and had apparently been abandoned in the toilet right after being born.

Police believe that an employee of the dentist gave birth to the baby. She went home early and then went to a hospital where she currently is. Police said they will wait until she recovers before questioning her on suspicion of abandoning her baby.

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37-year-old woman arrested for attempting to kill 3-year-old daughter

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UTSUNOMIYA — January 12th, 2016

Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 37-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 3-year-old daughter in a public toilet at a leisure facility.

According to police, the suspect, Mika Hashimoto, tried to strangle her daughter Yuna to death at around 2 p.m. Sunday in a toilet at Romantic-mura, which is a theme park containing a huge onsen, and a FlowerDome with tropical plants, hydroponically grown herbs and a variety of orchids.

Hashimoto took her daughter to the toilet but when she came out alone, her husband went to see where Yuna was and found her unconscious in the toilet and called 110, Fuji TV reported. Yuna was taken to hospital where she remained in a coma on Monday, police said.

Hashimoto was quoted by police as saying she wasn’t confident she could raise her daughter and wanted to kill her. Her husband told police his wife had often expressed anxiety to him about raising their daughter but that she had never before tried to hurt the girl.

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Woman, partner arrested over death of her 3-year-old daughter

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SAITAMA — January 13th, 2016

Police in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a couple on suspicion of abandoning responsibility for Fujimoto’s 3-year-old daughter, whose body was found with burn marks on her face. Police believe the girl’s death may have been the result of recurring domestic abuse.

The suspects, Ayaka Fujimoto, 22, and her common-law husband Yuki Okawara, 24, are accused of abandoning responsibility for Fujimoto’s second oldest daughter Hazuki after she had suffered severe burn injuries, which led to her death, Fuji TV reported. Fujimoto also has a 4-year-old daughter.

According to police, on Jan 9, Okawara called police reporting that the girl’s body was cold when he woke up. When officers arrived at the scene, Hazuki was lying face up in her futon. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

According to police, the couple has admitted that they never took Hazuki to a hospital despite being aware that the child had suffered burn injuries. Fujimoto also admitted to scalding Hazuki’s face with boiling water.

Besides burn injuries on her face, Hazuki’s body also bore traces of other scars and injuries, leading police to believe that the child may have been abused on a regular basis, officials said.

Neighbors were quoted by police as saying that at the end of last year they could hear loud children’s cries coming from the suspects’ house, often for up to an hour, and that they had not seen the children since.

Police also revealed that they had been summoned by neighbors on two occasions last June and July after residents had witnessed the children locked outside the house. At the time, however, police found no signs of abuse on either child and no reports were made to the local child consultation centers.

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20-year-old man arrested over fatal abuse of girlfriend’s 3-year-old son

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TOKYO — January 28th, 2016

Police in Tokyo’s Ota Ward said Wednesday they have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of fatally beating the 3-year-old son of the woman he was living with.

According to police, the boy’s mother, who is in her 20s, notified emergency services at around 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, saying that her son had a fever and was not responding, Fuji TV reported.

Upon arrival at the apartment, ambulance personnel found the boy in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest and he was immediately taken to a hospital. He died about 90 minutes later of what doctors believe was a subdural hematoma, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Police said the boy, identified as Ayato Arai, had visible bruises on his cheeks and buttocks, and was bleeding from his left ear, prompting them to question the mother and her partner about whether they have been abusing the boy.

On Wednesday afternoon, the woman’s boyfriend, Naoya Nagatomi, admitted to beating and kicking the boy for an hour on Tuesday night because he glared at him during dinner. The boy’s mother was quoted by police as saying she tried to stop her boyfriend from assaulting Ayato but she, too, was hit.

Media reported Wednesday night that Nagatomi was a member of a criminal gang and that he moved in with the woman and her son this month.

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Nursery school employee arrested for child abuse

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TOKYO — January 28th, 2016

Police in Tokyo’s Kita Ward have arrested a 28-year-old female nursery school employee on suspicion of abusing a 6-year-old boy at the facility earlier this month.

According to police, the suspect, Manami Nanmoku, a teacher at Kids Style Akabane-en, is suspected of tying the boy’s hands together and yanking off duct-tape which she had put on the boy’s mouth and eyes, on Jan 15, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The boy reported the abuse to his parents who contacted police on Jan 20.

Nanmoku has denied the charge, but police said other staff had seen her hitting and kicking other children before.

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Mother arrested for strangling 7-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son

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KANAGAWA — February 13th, 2016

A 39-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 7-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old son at their home in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the woman turned up at a police station at 3:40 a.m. With her was her 11-year-son who had choke marks on his neck, but was not badly injured. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that the woman told them she had strangled her daughter and youngest son and that she had wanted to die.

Police went to the house and found the unconscious bodies of Yumea Ochiai, 7, and her 5-year-old brother Haruma in a second-floor bedroom. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead two hours later.

The woman lived in the house with her husband, their three children and her husband’s parents. The woman’s 47-year-old husband was out at the time, while her in-laws were asleep in other rooms and heard nothing, police said.

Meanwhile, a child welfare center in Atsugi said the woman has consulted them at the end of last year, saying she was feeling the strain of rearing three children. The center had asked the school where the 11-year-old and 7-year-old attended to be on the lookout for any signs of abuse.

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Bodies of woman, 8-month-old son found in car in Gifu

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GIFU — February 14th, 2016

Police in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, said Sunday that the bodies of a 36-year-old woman and her 8-month-old son were found inside a car parked on a mountain road, in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

A passerby alerted police at around 5:50 p.m. Saturday, saying that a car was parked by the side of the road and the occupants were not moving, Fuji TV reported. The car, which was locked from the inside, was parked on a snow-covered road in Asahicho, police said. The woman was in the driver’s seat while her son was in a child seat in the front passenger seat.

There were no signs of external injury on the child’s body, but the woman appears to have stabbed herself. Police said autopsies will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

The woman and her son were reported missing by the woman’s 46-year-old husband after he came home from work on Friday night. The man told police his wife had mentioned to him in the past that she was having difficulty with child-rearing and that she didn’t care whether she lived or died.

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Woman arrested for suffocating 4-month-old daughter with pillow

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AICHI — February 17th, 2016

A 32-year-old woman in Kaniecho, Aichi Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 4-month-old daughter by suffocating her with a pillow.

According to police, the woman, identified as Rieko Kito, is accused of suffocating her daughter Misora until the baby died at around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the family’s apartment, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.

Kito called 119 at around 9 a.m., reporting that her daughter had stopped breathing. She also told police that she had covered Misora’s face with a pillow, police said.

Her 37-year-old husband had already left for work at the time of the incident.

Kito was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her baby. Police said that since last November, she had called the local child welfare center for advice. A staff member visited Kito on Monday and told police the child was alright.

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Parents arrested for slashing, choking 5-year-old son

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GUNMA — February 26th, 2016

Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a couple on suspicion of choking and slashing their 5-year-old son.

The suspects, Akihito Kawata, 25, and his wife Riko, 24, are suspected of physically assaulting their 5-year-old son at their residence on Feb 21, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The case came to light on Wednesday when the son’s kindergarten teacher noticed a gash on his neck and asked him what happened. The boy said that “Mama cut me with a kitchen knife and choked me after that. And papa kicked me.”

Police said Riko has denied the charge, but her husband has admitted abusing the boy. He was quoted as saying, “We did it because the boy was talking back to us in a rude way.”

Police believe the couple may have regularly been abusing their son.

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Parents arrested after 8-month-old baby dies of suspected malnutrition, neglect

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HIROSHIMA — March 4th, 2016

Police have arrested the parents of an 8-month-old baby boy who was found dead of suspected malnutrition and neglect in the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, Mao Arai, 41, and his wife Ayaka, 22, did not feed their son Rito since early February and did not take any measures to help him despite being aware that his health was deteriorating, Fuji TV reported.

On Wednesday morning, the husband called emergency services, informing them that his son’s “body was cold.” When authorities arrived at the site, they found the baby lying on a futon in a state of cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead.

There were no injuries on Rito’s body, but his ribs were showing and he was visibly underweight. According to investigators, he weighed four kilograms, half the average for his age.

The family lived in a two-story house, with the baby staying in a room on the first floor, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police found no other items but a futon in the child’s room and there was no baby food in the house.

Neighbors were quoted by police as saying that they weren’t aware that the couple had a child, because they had never seen him.

The two suspects are apparently providing conflicting statements, with the wife telling police that she “could not care enough for the child,” while the husband is denying neglect, saying that the baby was not weak and that they had been caring for him.

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38-year-old woman arrested for killing 5-month-old daughter

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CHIBA — March 6th, 2016

A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 5-month-old daughter at their home in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, police said Saturday.

According to police, the woman, Noriko Ogawa, called 110 at around 2:45 p.m. Friday and said she had killed her daughter Rino and that she wanted to die together with her, Fuji TV reported. Police rushed to the scene and found Rino unconscious with strangulation marks on her neck. She was taken to hospital where she died shortly after arrival.

Ogawa and her daughter, who lived with her husband in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward, had gone away for a few days’ rest at the husband’s family home in Sammu.

Ogawa was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from child-rearing.

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Woman gets 11 years for throwing 5-year-old son to his death from 13th-floor apartment

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TOKYO — March 24th, 2016

A 35-year-old woman on Wednesday was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing her 5-year-old son by throwing him from a window in their 13th-floor apartment in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward in December 2014.

The sentence was handed down by the Tokyo District Court against Ai Kato who had pleaded not guilty.

Kato had testified that she left the window open in the bedroom where her son Koki Takahashi was and then had gone to the toilet, Sankei Shimbun reported. When she returned, the boy’s body was lying on the ground below at around 11:15 p.m. on Dec 29, 2014.

The boy’s father looked for his son when he got home and became concerned. A passerby saw the child’s body on the ground and called 110.

The presiding judge said it was not plausible to believe that Koki unlocked and opened the window and then fell out by accident, Sankei reported.

The court heard that Koki’s father had consulted police a week earlier about an incident on Dec 23 when his wife tried to strangle the boy with a cord while at a hotel.

Prosecutors said that Kato initially told police she did not have confidence in her ability to raise a child and that she just wanted to live alone with her husband.

The court also heard that Kato had been shoplifting because she was stressed and that her husband had told her he would divorce her if she ever shoplifted again.

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Firefighter scalds girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter

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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.

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Mother dies after jumping from 8th floor with 3-year-old son

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TOKYO — March 29th, 2016

A 32-year-old woman died after jumping with her 3-year-old son from the balcony of her 8th floor apartment in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward, police said Monday. The child suffered heavy injuries but survived the incident which police said was a probably murder-suicide attempt, Sankei Shimbun reported.

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call reporting that a woman and a child were lying on the grounds of a condo in the Nishi-nippori area. The woman and her son were taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. The boy had broken ribs and was in a stable condition on Monday.

Police said the mother grabbed her son and jumped from the balcony while her husband was cooking in the kitchen. No suicide note or any other clue to her motive were found, police said.

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Mother arrested for suffocating 2-year-old son

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YOKOHAMA — March 31st, 2016

Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old woman on suspicion of murdering her 2-year-old son.

Ryoko Tsukamoto is accused of suffocating her son Kohei at the family’s apartment in Yokohama’s Kita Ward on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported.

According to investigators, Tsukamoto turned herself in to the police at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, saying that she had killed her son by suffocating him, Fuji TV reported. Tsukamoto’s husband was at work at the time.

Police said Tsukamoto has so far given no motive for her actions.

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Man arrested for punching 2-year-old son in face

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FUKUOKA — April 1st, 2016

Police in Ashiya, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of physically abusing his 2-year-old son.

The suspect, Yoichi Minagawa, an office employee, is suspected of punching his son in the face, bruising his nose, at home early Tuesday morning, Sankei Shimbun reported.

This incident came to light after Minagawa’s wife called 119 when she noticed her son’s nose bleeding a lot. Paramedics who treated the boy reported the incident to police.

According to police, Minagawa came home drunk and has said he doesn’t remember doing anything to his son.

Also, multiple scars and bruises were found on the son’s body, leading police to believe that Minagawa has used violence on his son in the past. They are also questioning the boy’s mother for further details.

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Woman arrested after body of newborn infant found in park toilet

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

TOKYO —

Police on Friday arrested a 27-year-old woman on a charge of abandoning a body after she gave birth in the toilet of a park in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward and then put the body of the dead infant in a bag.

According to police, at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, a park maintenance worker called police and said there was blood in front of the toilet in Toyama Park and that a woman seemed to be in great pain, Fuji TV reported.

Police arrived and found the woman, bleeding. A tote bag contained the body of the newborn girl.

The woman, who was identified as Yui Yamamoto, had no fixed address and was unemployed, police said. She was quoted by police as saying she put the body of her dead baby daughter in the bag because she didn’t want anyone to see what had happened.

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Prosecutors seek 20-year sentence for man who let 5-year-old son starve to death

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KANAGAWA —

Prosecutors on Friday sought a 20-year prison sentence for a man who allowed his 5-year-old son to starve to death at an abandoned apartment in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The Yokohama District Court heard how the skeletal remains of Riku Saito were found in an apartment abandoned by his father Yukihiro Saito, a truck driver, in May 2014, Fuji TV reported. The boy had starved to death.

One month earlier, when the boy failed to show up at the start of the school term—where he had been enrolled several years before—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police in May. Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father until a week later. Saito lived in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) were found.

Saito—who was divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.

It was learned that although officers from a local child welfare center were supposed to have visited the home to find out what had happened to the boy, they never went.

The Kanagawa Board of Education said that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.

The court also heard that early one morning in October 2004, Riku had been taken into protective custody for a short time after he had run out of the house barefoot and wearing nothing but a diaper. While at the child welfare center, Riku was examined and found to have marks on his body signifying possible abuse.

A short while later, after the identity of Riku’s father was established, staff members at the child welfare center met with Yukihiro and decided that an officer from the center would visit the home to establish whether or not the environment was fit for a young child. However, over the following four years, not one visit took place.

A spokesperson for the child welfare center said at the time: “Whether or not the individual in charge of the case forgot or was too busy, we do not know, and it doesn’t matter. The fact remains that no home visits were conducted and that is a reflection of utter negligence on the part of the center.”

Staff were quoted as saying that the center was grossly understaffed at the time, potentially further contributing to the problem. “At the current time, we believe that child welfare centers are not adequately equipped to deal with cases of abuse and neglect such as this one (Riku),” said one worker. “As such, a revision of these organizations is absolutely necessary at this time to prevent similar cases of professional negligence in the future.”

The court will hand down its sentence on Oct 22.

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Mother suspected in fatal abuse of 10-month-old girl

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A woman currently hospitalized due to an emotional disturbance is suspected of fatally abusing her 10-month-old daughter, police in Kochi said.

According to police, the 40-year-old mother of Anzu Yoshimoto called a daycare center at around 10 a.m. on Oct 14 and said that her daughter was not well, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. The daycare center called ambulance which went to the woman’s home and found Anzu in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead on arrival.

Local media reported that on Oct 13, neighbors heard a loud angry shout and a girl crying inside the apartment.

An autopsy showed that the cause of Anzu’s death was acute subdural hematoma due to an external strong impact to her head, and the time of death was around 7 a.m. She also had a broken left leg and signs of bruises on her arms.

Police said Anzu’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown after she called the daycare center and has been hospitalized since Oct 14. They plan to question her after she recovers.

Meanwhile, local media reported that neighbors contacted police in June, expressing concern that Anzu was being abused after they heard her crying. The police notified the local child welfare center which told them there was no evidence of abuse at that time.

The woman also has a 5-year-old son.

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Body of 10-year-old boy, naked with hands and feet bound, found hanging from tree

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOKYO —

Police in Hino, Tokyo, are investigating the death of a 10-year-old whose body was found naked, with his feet and hands bound, hanging from a tree.

According to police, the boy was found hanging from a tree in a field at around 8 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. The site is about 600 meters southwest of the Keio Line’s Takahatafudo Station and is a hilly area surrounded by residences.

Police said the boy was hanged with vinyl tape. His hands were tied behind his back, and both his feet were tied. His clothes were nearby.

The boy’s mother called 110 at around 6:30 p.m. Monday after her son did not return home. She told police she last saw him at 11 a.m.

Police said there were no external signs of injury on the boy’s body and an autopsy revealed the cause of death as asphyxiation.

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Man jailed for 6 years for beating, coercing stepson to commit suicide

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TOKYO —

A 42-year-old man, who was arrested for abusing his 14-year-old stepson and coercing the boy to commit suicide in 2014, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Tokyo District Court handed down its ruling on Akira Murayama on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. Murayama had testified that he beat his stepson Yuito but denied ever telling him to commit suicide.

The court heard that Murayama violently hit the boy across the face, chest, and other parts of his body on July 29, 2014. The boy’s mother found him hanging by his neck above his bed at their apartment in Nishi-Tokyo at around 9 a.m. on July 30. The mother called 119 and the boy was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

At the hospital, medical personnel discovered bruising all over the boy’s body. Police later arrested Murayama on a charge of assault.

Yuito’s mother told police that when Murayama beat him on July 29, he told the boy he should kill himself within 24 hours.

Murayama told the court that the boy’s mother also beat the boy.

After his arrest for assault, Murayama said he had been disciplining his stepson since April 2013, hoping it would make him stronger. He also forced the boy to wear a face mask after telling him that he had bad breath.

Yuito’s classmates said that when he attended a sports meet in 2014 they could see bruises on his arms and legs.

The court heard that Murayama refused to let Yuito go to school for about two months before his suicide.

Murayama had been living with Yuito and his mother since 2011.

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Woman kills 16-year-old daughter, then stabs herself in apparent murder-suicide bid

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

KANAGAWA —

A 16-year-old girl died of stab wounds and her 36-year-old Filipino mother is in critical condition after apparently stabbing herself at their home in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said Sunday.

The two were discovered by police accompanied by a relative at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night, Fuji TV reported. The relative had been worried at being unable to contact the woman.

The two were taken to hospital where the daughter was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

Police suspect the woman stabbed her daughter in the stomach and then herself in an attempted murder-suicide. A blood-stained knife was found near the mother, police said.

The mother and daughter lived with a Japanese man who was out at the time.

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24-year-old woman arrested for leaving newborn baby on road in Ibaraki

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

IBARAKI —

Police in Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old woman for abandoning the body of her newborn daughter, with her umbilical cord still attached, by the side of a narrow road last Tuesday morning.

Police identified the woman as Miwa Sato, a part-time worker, who lives nearby with her mother and grandmother, Fuji TV reported.

Sato, who is single, was quoted by police as saying her mother and grandmother were out when she gave birth last Tuesday. She said she had no one to talk to and then her mind went completely blank.

A woman who lives nearby heard what she thought was a baby crying at around 6:30 a.m. and went outside to investigate. Her family brought the naked infant inside and called 110.

The temperature was about 12 degrees at the time and the woman said the baby had turned a purplish color. The child was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition, police said.

A male acquaintance of Sato, after seeing the news on TV, contacted police to say she might have been the person who abandoned the baby. On Friday, a DNA test identified Sato as the infant’s mother.

Sato’s mother and grandmother told police they didn’t even know she was pregnant.

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Man, girlfriend arrested for making his 2-year-old son smoke

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

NAGOYA —

Police in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old man and his 16-year-old girlfriend after they forcefully made ​​his 2-year-old son smoke a cigarette.

According to police, Shun Habuchi, an unemployed resident of Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, and his 16-year-old girlfriend who cannot be named because she is a minor, are believed to have made Habuchi’s son smoke a cigarette on Nov 11, Fuji TV reported.

They used a smartphone to film making ​​the boy smoke a lit cigarette and posted it on Habuchi’s Facebook account the next day.

Police said the couple, who have been charged with child abuse, have admitted to the charge and were quoted by police as saying they did it for fun. They also said they had given the boy a lit cigarette many times.

Police said Habuchi and the girl met on Facebook and started dating in early November. They are currently living in a house with the girl’s older brother and her mother.

Police said the 2-year-old boy has been taken to a child welfare center.

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Chiba woman jailed for 7 years for killing 13-year-old daughter

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TOKYO —

The Tokyo District Court on Friday upheld a ruling that sentenced a 44-year-old woman to seven years in prison for strangling her 13-year-old daughter in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture.

The court upheld the sentence handed down by the Chiba District Court, ruling that Mika Matsutani, a part-time worker, strangled her daughter Kasumi to death at their apartment last year. Matsutani told police that she had intended to kill herself after killing her daughter but couldn’t go through with it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Matsutani had defaulted on her home payment approximately three years ago, and had been having difficulty making ends meet ever since, a police spokesman said. She and her daughter had been ordered to vacate the premises by Sept 24, 2014.

When representatives from the Chiba District Court arrived at the apartment to see them out, they found Kasumi dead, lying face up a futon.

Prosecutors had sought a 14-year prison term for Matsutani but her lawyers argued that she was mentally unbalanced when she killed her daughter.

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16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents

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YAMAGATA —

Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, Yoshimi Suzuki, who is unemployed, and his wife who cannot be named because she is a minor, are suspected of putting their daughter Misora in a garbage bag and then placing the bag inside a trash can in their bedroom at around 10 p.m. on May 7. Misora suffocated to death.

Suzuki noticed that his daughter wasn’t moving and called 119. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead two hours later. The hospital notified police.

The couple, who were arrested on Sunday, have admitted to the charge and said they did it because their baby was crying really loudly while they were trying to play video games, police said.

The bin was 20 cms high and 20 cms in diameter. Suzuki and his wife were quoted by police as saying they didn’t think their daughter would die.

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Woman arrested for abandoning dead baby in paper bag

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CHIBA —

Police in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the corpse of her newborn baby in a paper bag last month.

According to police, Atsuko Tanaka, who is a nurse, gave birth to a baby girl at her apartment between Nov 17 and 19, Sankei Shimbun reported. She placed the infant in a paper bag, and left it within the apartment compound where the body was discovered on Nov 19.

Police said an autopsy showed the baby weighed only 950 grams and her lungs did not show any signs that she had breathed. Police believe the baby died at birth.

Tanaka, who was arrested on Tuesday, lives with her ​​mother and sister. They told police they were not aware that she was pregnant.

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Father, son dead; another son in coma after murder-suicide attempt

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |

YOKOHAMA —

A 60-year-old man and his son, in his 40s, were found dead in their apartment in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday, police said. The man’s younger son, in his 30s, was also found in a coma. All three had suffered knife wounds to the stomach.

Fuji TV reported that police received a call at around 12:15 a.m. Friday, in which the male caller said, “I’ve killed my father and older brother and I’m going to kill myself, too.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the apartment locked. After gaining entry into the apartment, they found the older man and his oldest son already dead. The second son was still alive and taken to hospital where he remains in a coma.

Police believe the younger son may have stabbed his father and older brother and then himself. A bloodied knife was found beside the younger brother, police said.

 

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22-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of 6-month-old son

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |

WAKAYAMA —

Police in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after strangled her 6-month-old son with a kotatsu electric cord.

According to police, the woman, Naomi Misu, strangled the child at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday while her husband was out. Fuji TV reported that she then called 119.

The boy was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma on Sunday.

Police said Misu, who was on maternity leave from her job at a bank, had consulted with Tanabe city welfare authorities on Dec 3, saying the child wouldn’t stop crying and she found child-rearing stressful.

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