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

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

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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Man arrested for abusing girlfriend’s 1-year-old son

Posted on October 17, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Police in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 31-year-old man for abusing his 21-year-old girlfriend’s one-year-old son.

Police said they received a call at around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday from a woman reporting that her baby was unconscious. Police arrived at the scene shortly after and found the child, Yuto Miyafuku, unconscious on the floor of the apartment, Sports Nippon reported.

Police said they have charged the woman’s boyfriend, Yoshimitsu Oishi, with inflicting bodily harm on the child by violently shaking his head which resulted in a serious cerebral contusion.

The boy’s mother went out prior to the incident. Oishi was quoted by police as saying that Yuto wouldn’t stop crying, so he kept on shaking him.

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Couple arrested for allowing 4-year-old daughter to die

Posted on September 22, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME SEP. 22, 2012 – AICHI —
Police said Friday they have arrested a man and woman after their 4-year-old daughter died of neglect at their home in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture.

According to police, Kazuhisa Kato, 48, and his wife Yoko, 38, are believed to have begun neglecting their daughter Anna in the winter of last year when she caught a cold. The couple are accused of failing to take Anna to a doctor and of not feeding her properly, Fuji TV reported.

Police said the couple contacted emergency services on Thursday and told the operator that their daughter had stopped breathing. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Police have charged the couple with parental neglect resulting in death. Both parents have reportedly confessed to the charge, Fuji reported.

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Man arrested for murdering father, kidnapping 7-year-old girl

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Abduction | Tags: , , , , |

Aug 6th, 2012, Aichi – Japan Today

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of killing his father before kidnapping and imprisoning a 7-year-old girl in Nagoya.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Makoto Mizushima, is suspected of taking the girl back to his Nagoya apartment and confining her inside. It is believed he approached the girl as she left her home to go to school on Monday morning, Fuji TV reported.

Upon hearing that their daughter had not made it to school and had not attended the school opening ceremony, the girl’s parents alerted the authorities.

A police investigation was launched and a search of the apartment block carried out, during which police discovered the girl in Mizushima’s living room next to a body believed to be that of Mizushima’s father. Police say the girl was unharmed, Fuji reported.

Mizushima was quoted by police as saying he killed his father. According to police, injuries found on the body were consistent with those sustained during death by strangulation.

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5-year-old girl run over, killed by mother

Posted on May 21, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

National May. 21, 2012 – AICHI —

Police said Monday that a five-year-old girl was killed in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, after her mother accidentally ran her over with a car.

According to police, Manami Koide, 29, hit her daughter Nanami with her car outside their home at around 4 p.m. Sunday, TBS reported. Police say Koide was reversing her car toward the house so that she could vacuum it when the incident occurred.

Nanami was taken to hospital where she died around an hour and a half later of a cardiac rupture.

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Gov’t to launch survey on school bullying after 12-yr-old girl’s suicide

Posted on January 18, 2011. Filed under: Bullying, Suicide | Tags: , , , , , , |

The education ministry said Wednesday that it will conduct a nationwide survey of bullying in schools following the suicide last month of sixth-grader Akiko Uemura, in Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture. Uemura’s mother found the 12-year-old hanging by a scarf from a curtain rail in her room Oct 23. It is believed the girl took her own life due to bullying at school that apparently started sometime last year after her mother, who is from the Philippines, visited the school for an event.

After an initial denial, Niisato Higashi Elementary School admitted Monday she had been a frequent target of abuse by classmates. The education ministry said it has told prefectural boards of education to conduct periodic surveys on bullying. The ministry also urged schools and local-level authorities to cooperate with families of schoolchildren to deal with the problem.

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