Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son

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

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

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

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 arrested for abandoning dead baby in paper bag

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

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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Man arrested over deaths of two daughters

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

CHIBA —

Police in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of killing his two daughters by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nobuya Amaha, an office worker, is suspected of burning coal briquettes in the bathroom at his residence in Sodegaura City and killing his daughters, Sae, 23, and Nami, 22, with carbon monoxide poisoning on Monday morning, Fuji TV reported.

On Monday, Amaha sent an email to his relatives which suggested he was suicidal. Police said the email read: “Thank you for everything you have done. We cannot hold out any longer.”

After the relative notified police about the email, officers went to Amaha’s residence where he and his two daughters were found unconscious in the bathroom. They were taken to hospital where Sae and Nami were pronounced dead.

Police said Amaha has admitted to the charge and said that his wife died of illness last May and the family was depressed about their future. He said he wanted to die with his daughters.

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Mother leaps to death with 1-year-old twin daughters

Posted on April 26, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CHIBA — April 4th, 2015

The bodies of a 38-year-old woman and her one-year-old twin daughters were found on the ground beside a apartment building in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Friday morning.

Police said it appears the woman, holding her daughters, jumped to her death from the 11th floor roof at around 9 a.m. The woman did not live in the building, police said.

According to police, the woman worked for the Chiba prefectural police department, Fuji TV reported. Sources close to the investigation said the woman had been suffering from a mental illness over the past few years. She was currently on maternity leave.

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Chiba woman arrested for killing daughters aged 4, 1

Posted on February 23, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Feb. 10, 2015 – CHIBA —

Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 36-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her two daughters aged 4 and 1.

TBS reported that police were called to the home by the children’s father who found their bodies just after 3 p.m. Monday. His wife, Rika Makino, had called him at his workplace to tell him what she had done, police said.

When police arrived, Makino was standing at the entrance of her home and admitted she had just strangled to death her daughters Renoa, 4, and Reisa, 1.

Police quoted Makino as saying she had become tired of parenting and although she had intended to kill herself as well, she had been unable to go through with it, TBS reported.

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Mother, 2 children found dead in apparent murder-suicide leap from cliff

Posted on July 21, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 JUL. 18, 2014 – CHIBA — Japan Today

Police in Choshi, Chiba prefecture, said Friday that a mother and her two young children were found dead at the shore near a lighthouse in an apparent murder-suicide.

According to police, the bodies of the three—a 39-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 6 and 4—were found just before noon Thursday at the bottom of a 20-meter cliff near the Inubosaki lighthouse in Chiba Prefecture.

TBS quoted police as saying it looked like the mother threw herself and her two daughters off the cliff.

Police said they received a call just after 10 a.m. Thursday from a man in Ichikawa, saying that his wife and children had gone to visit the lighthouse, but had not come home.

Police and firefighters went to the lighthouse and found the three bodies. They were confirmed dead at the scene. Police said the bodies showed signs of having been subjected to physical trauma, possibly caused by the fall and by the waves slamming them into rocks, TBS reported.

The woman’s car was parked nearby, police said.

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3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo

Posted on June 15, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, said Sunday that a 35-year-old woman and her three children, aged 2, 6 and 7, fell to their deaths from the 14th floor of an apartment block.

According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday. TBS quoted police as saying that the family did not live in the building but resided about two kilometers away, and believe the mother may have thrown the children to their deaths first and then jumped.

Police said they received a call from a passerby saying that four bodies were lying on the grounds of the apartment complex.

Police rushed to the scene and found the bodies of Kyoko Kozu, 35, her 7-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said they found a bag containing Kyoko’s belongings on the 14th floor stairwell.

Kyoko’s 32-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident and police said they are questioning him about what might have motivated his wife to kill herself and their children.

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Body of newborn boy found abandoned in Chiba park

Posted on December 25, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

DEC. 22, 2013 – CHIBA —

Police said Saturday that the body of a newborn boy was found abandoned in a park in Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture.

According to police, the infant’s body was found in Taibusamisaki park at around 11:15 a.m. on Friday. TBS quoted police as saying a park maintenance worker discovered the body while picking up leaves.

Police said the dead infant was concealed under a a semi-transparent vinyl tarp, wrapped in a white blanket. The child’s umbilical cord was still attached.

Police said they using park surveillance camera footage to try and identify who brought the baby to the park.

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Man kills 3 family members, then himself

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 May. 17, 2013 – CHIBA —

Police said Friday they have found four dead bodies in an apartment in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in what is believed to have been a family murder-suicide.

Fuji TV reported that a building manager discovered the bodies of two adults and two children in the apartment at about 2 p.m. on Thursday and informed the police.

According to police, Shino Nonaka, 39, her 12-year-old daughter Ayane and 10-year-old son Junpei were each found lying dead on their futons. Police said all three had bruising on their necks consistent with strangulation.

Shino’s husband, Kenji, 43, was found strangled to death by a length of rope attached to a doorknob.

Police say that the apartment had been locked from the inside and that no signs of forced entry could be found, leading them to believe that Kenji Nonaka murdered his family before committing suicide.

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Truck driver, common-law wife arrested for abusing woman’s 2-year-old daughter

Posted on June 3, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME JUN. 02, 2012 -CHIBA —

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 34-year-old man and his 20-year-old common-law wife for allegedly abusing the woman’s 2-year-old daughter at their home in Tomisato City, Chiba prefecture.

Police identified the man as Isao Tada, who works as a truck driver. He is accused of beating the girl on her face and stomping on the girl’s leg, breaking her thigh bone on May 29, Fuji TV reported. A city welfare officer observed that the girl also had swelling on her face when he visited the home to check on the woman’s 11-month-old son.

Tada has admitted to abusing the girl on more than one occasion and was quoted by police as saying he was frustrated because the girl didn’t like him, Fuji reported. The girl’s mother also admitted to beating her on May 24.

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Chiba parents arrested for allowing child to starve to death

Posted on August 12, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

 Aug. 10, 2011 Japan Today

CHIBA —

Police said Wednesday that a couple from Kashiwa in Chiba Prefecture, have been charged over the death of their son from starvation in May of last year. Yuzo and Satomi Kosaka, aged 39 and 27 respectively, have pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in death.

A police spokesman told a news conference that the couple failed to provide adequate nutrition for their son, Aoshi, for around 2 1/2 years. At the time of his death, when he was two years and 10 months old, police say the boy weighed just 5.8 kilograms, around half that of an average child of his age.

At the time of the boy’s death, Yuzo Kosaka told TV reporters that the cause of death must have been due to an eating disorder or something like that. After his arrest on Tuesday, he was quoted by police as saying, “It’s not like we did nothing for him.” His wife Satomi has reportedly told police that the couple allowed the boy to starve.

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