Mother arrested for suffocating 2-year-old son

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

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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22-year-old man held over murder of 11-year-old boy in Wakayama town

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

 Feb. 07, 2015 –

WAKAYAMA —

Police in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, arrested a 22-year-old man early Saturday on suspicion of fatally stabbing an 11-year-old boy as he walked home from school on Thursday afternoon.

The boy, Toshi Morita, was attacked a few hundred meters from his school at around 4 p.m. Thursday. A local resident saw a man running away from the boy after the attack and called 119.

Speaking at an early morning news conference, police identified the suspect as Oshu Nakamura, an unemployed man who lives about 150 meters from the scene of the murder, TBS reported. He was arrested at around 1:30 a.m., but has denied the charge.

Police said Oshu lived with his parents and was reclusive, although some neighbors recalled seeing in front of his house occasionally swinging a bamboo sword. Police said he fit the description of a man seen wearing goggles and carrying knives near the vacant lot where the boy’s body was found.

Morita was airlifted to hospital by helicopter but died shortly after arrival, police said, adding he had 10 wounds on his body, which appear to have been inflicted by different weapons.

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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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17-year-old gives birth in toilet; dumps infant by river

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

Feb. 13, 201- FUKUI —

Police in Fukui said Thursday they have arrested a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of illegally disposing of a corpse after the body of her newborn baby girl was found on a nearby riverbank.

According to police, the girl gave birth in a toilet at her home at around dawn on Feb 4, the Fukui Shimbun reported. She is accused of killing the infant and then dumping the body on the bank of the Umawatari River.

The body was found by children commuting to school. They saw something that looked like a doll on the riverbank, and told their parents who contacted 110.

Police said the girl was admitted to hospital the same day, and that they waited until she was discharged before arresting her.

The girl, who is unmarried, lives with her parents, but they told police they had been unaware she was pregnant as there appeared to be very little swelling, Fukui Shimbun reported.

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29-year-old woman arrested for killing 2 young daughters

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

Feb. 17, 2015 -KANAGAWA —

Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of kill her two young daughters

Police said they received a call at around 9 p.m. Monday from Natsumi Yamamoto, saying she had killed her daughters Kaho, 6, and Saki, 3, in their apartment, TV Asahi reported. Police rushed to the scene and found the two girls unconscious. They were taken to hospital where they were declared dead on arrival.

Yamamoto was quoted by police as saying she had strangled both her children with her bare hands. The suspect had been living with her two children and her husband who was still at work at the time of the incident.

Police said Yamamoto told them she felt anxious about the future, saying she couldn’t cope with raising the children and doing housework.

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Body of naked 13-year-old boy found on riverbank in Kawasaki

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

 Feb. 21, 2015 – KAWASAKI —

Police said Saturday that the naked body of a 13-year-old boy was found on a riverbank in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the boy was identified as Ryota Uemura. His body was found just after 6 a.m. Friday by a man walking along the Tama River, NTV reported.

Police said an autopsy revealed that the boy had been dead for about four hours before he was found. There were several knife wounds on this neck, face and arms. He was identified by his mother at 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

As there were no clothes or personal items near the victim, police believe he was killed elsewhere and his body dumped on the riverbank.

Police said they are analyzing street surveillance camera footage that shows one person pushing a bike, with two others walking beside him, toward the riverbank. Later on, footage shows only two people returning. Police that in a nearby public toilet, there were ashes indicating clothes and shoes had been burned, NTV reported.

Police said the boy may have been lured to the area via social media, but his cell phone has not been found. They will question the victim’s friends to see if he was being bullied at school.

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Hiroshima woman arrested over death of newborn baby

Posted on December 7, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

HIROSHIMA — Dec. 4th, 2014

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested in Hiroshima for allegedly killing her newborn baby and then placing the body in a closet of her home.

According to police, Aoi Ota gave birth to a boy on the second floor of her home in Hiroshima on Nov 15, and then killed him by covering his mouth and nose.

TBS reported Thursday that although six people were living in the house, including Ota’s husband and both her parents and her brother, only Ota was present on the second floor at the time of the incident.

Police said Ota was arrested on Nov 20 for stealing about 100,000 yen from the store where she worked.

On the same day, Ota’s relative opened the closet and discovered the infant’s body inside, and then phoned police.

Police quoted Ota as saying that she did not kill her baby but she admitted to disposing of his body.

Ota’s husband told police he thought his wife had had a miscarriage.

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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 arrested for leaving children in car, suspected of killing their mother

Posted on July 27, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

CRIME JUL. 20, 2013 – OITA —

Police in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, said Friday that a man who was arrested for abandoning his two young children in a car may have also murdered their mother.

According to police, the two children, a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, were found in a car parked outside a foster home on Thursday morning. NTV reported that the car’s owner, a 38-year-old woman, was missing and that the police questioned her partner Hiroshi Kawano, a 33-year-old occupation therapist and father of the two children. Kawano and the victim are not married, police said.

On Friday, Kawano admitted abandoning the two children in the car and said he had put their mother’s body in a suitcase and dumped it in the woods, according to the NTV report. Police found the body Friday morning, adding that it appeared she had been strangled to death.

NTV quoted police as saying that Kawano has hinted murdering the woman but is saying nothing else. Police said he has initially been charged with abandoning a body.

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39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death

Posted on May 23, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 MAY. 22, 2013 – AITAMA —

Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 39-year-old man over the death of his 1-month-old baby son in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Yuji Obaku, was investigated after his son Ryuto was taken to hospital and diagnosed with brain damage in early March, NTV reported. Staff at the hospital advised police that the boy’s injuries may have been caused by violence.

Following a police investigation, Obaku was accused of seizing the infant by the head and slamming him into a futon mattress. Police say Obaku also shook the boy repeatedly.

Obaku and his 27-year-old wife already had two children before Ryuto, police said. It is currently unknown whether Obaku’s other children also suffered from assault or mistreatment.

During police questioning, Obaku was quoted by police as saying: “I got angry because he wouldn’t stop crying.”

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22-year-old mother arrested after infant’s body found in her room

Posted on May 15, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime May. 11, 2013 – SAPPORO —

Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old woman after the remains of her newborn son were discovered in her bedroom in Sapporo.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Saya Kano, works as a nurse. Fuji TV reported that she apparently gave birth at her home at the beginning of March. Her mother entered her room on Thursday night and discovered the baby’s remains wrapped in a towel and notified police.

Kano, who is a single mother, was with friends at a karaoke parlor where she was picked up by police about two hours later, Fuji reported.

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Man arrested for shaking 6-month-old daughter to death

Posted on March 9, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 MAR. 05, 2013 -FUKUI —

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 6-month-old daughter at their home in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture.

Fuji TV reported Monday that the man, who has been named as Yuji Yagi, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of violently shaking his baby daughter’s head at their apartment in June of last year. The girl was taken to hospital unconscious and eventually passed away in December.

The assault was uncovered when doctors could not find any obvious physical injuries and reported the child’s death as suspicious. Police questioned Yagi, who admitted to abusing his daughter, Fuji reported.

Yagi was arrested on a charge on manslaughter. Police said they are planning to investigate whether the girl was routinely being abused.

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Woman arrested for strangling 2-year-old daughter

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME NOV. 09, 2012 -TOCHIGI —
Police on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old woman for allegedly strangling to death her 2-year-old daughter at their home in Tochigi.

According to police, they received a call at 9 a.m. on Wednesday from a woman saying that she had strangled her daughter, NTV reported. Police rushed to the apartment and found the girl lying on the living room floor. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Police took the woman into custody. She was quoted as saying that she sat on her daughter’s back and strangled her with both hands, NTV reported.

According to police, the woman lived with her husband and daughter. She has been visiting a hospital regularly for treatment of mental health problems.

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Woman arrested for killing newborn baby, leaving body in locker

Posted on October 4, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

CRIME OCT. 04, 2012 – IBARAKI —
Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 30-year-old woman in Ibaraki on suspicion of killing her newborn baby daughter.

The woman, identified as Miyuki Nagamine, was quoted by police as saying she gave birth to a baby girl in a Tsukuba hotel room in August, NTV reported. She allegedly killed the infant and then left the body in a coin-operated locker.

During police questioning, Nagamine told investigators that she had separated from her husband, was living with her 3-year-old son and that life had been economically tough before the birth, NTV reported. She was quoted as saying she felt she could not offer the baby a decent quality of life.

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Father kills his 1 & 5 year old

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

IBARAKI —
Police said Thursday they have arrested a 32-year-old man after his two young daughters were found dead in his car at Aqua World Aquarium in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture.

According to police, the man, who lives in Saitama Prefecture, called emergency services from his car at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday and said that he had killed his daughters, Fuji TV reported. Police arrived at the scene to find the man bleeding from both wrists. The bodies of his two daughters, aged 5 and 1, were in the back seat.

Police said there were no signs of external injuries on the bodies and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The father has been hospitalized and police are unable to obtain any further information from him.

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Mom puts newborn in fridge

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

TOKYO —
A 42-year-old woman has been arrested after the body of a newborn baby boy was found in her refrigerator at her home in Tokyo, police said Thursday.

The woman, who has been named as Emika Terada, told police that she gave birth to the child alone at her Toshima Ward home on Sept 17, TBS reported. She was quoted as saying that because the child wasn’t breathing, she wrapped him in a blanket and placed him in her refrigerator because she didn’t know what to do.

According to police, a male acquaintance of Terada informed a doctor that she had given birth and had placed the body in a refrigerator. The doctor notified police.

Terada also has an 11-year-old son who lives with her.

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Unwanted Pregnancies need to be discussed

Posted on September 3, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, mental health | Tags: , , , , |

By PHILIP BRASOR (Japan Times)

Two weeks ago a 17-year-old girl collapsed in a shopping mall in Hiroshima and was rushed to the hospital. At the same time a dead fetus was found on the floor in the corner of the mall’s food court. The girl eventually admitted that she had just given birth to the child.
On Aug. 6 a baby’s corpse with the umbilical cord still attached was discovered in a plastic bag at a refuse collection station in Mie Prefecture. A 24-year-old woman who lived nearby was later arrested. She had given birth to the baby about a week earlier.On Aug. 9, a cleaning person found the body of an infant wrapped in a towel in a train station rest room in Hamamatsu. An autopsy revealed that the baby was born shortly before it died and that the cause of death was an injury to a blood vessel.

In July, a 27-year-old woman in Osaka was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and when police searched her apartment they came across the remains of a baby in her closet. She said she had drowned the child five years earlier in a bathtub right after giving birth, which she never reported.

These four news stories appeared within the space of a month — and were not the only ones involving the killing of newborn babies — adding a dramatic dimension to a larger story that has been covered extensively by the mainstream media.

In late July the health and welfare ministry released figures showing that the number of child abuse cases in 2011 rose for the 21st straight year, which isn’t necessarily surprising since it has only been in the last two decades that local governments have addressed the problem and encouraged people to report suspected abuse. but the part of the report that attracted the most scrutiny is the section on “death from abuse.”

In 2010, 98 children died as a result of abuse, 10 more than in 2009. When the number of children who perished in “group suicides” is subtracted, the number is 51, 80 percent of which represent children less than 3 years old. Twenty-three were less than 1 year old. If you expand the time frame and include all the children known to have died “through abuse” since 2003, the year the ministry started compiling figures, you find that between that year and 2011, 193 were less than 1 year old and 39 percent of those (76) died “on the day they were born.” Ninety percent of these infants were killed by their mothers.

It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to conclude that these babies were not wanted in the first place. One can imagine the 17-year-old girl in Hiroshima slowly realizing that she is pregnant and suffering in silence as she tries to hide her condition from friends and family, and then going into labor in a shopping mall; or the 24-year-old Mie woman, who reportedly returned to her home town from Tokyo, presumably to have her unplanned child in secret, and when that happened she panicked and put the baby in a garbage bag.

News reports avoid the word “unwanted.” They use nozomanai, which means “unhoped for.” It may sound like a trivial distinction, but the idea that one’s pregnancy was “unhoped for” leaves open the possibility that it will result in something better. “Unwanted” doesn’t sound open-ended at all, and the gist of the related news reports and editorials is what the authorities are doing to address the problem. The solution is always to help these women accept what has happened to them and “rescue” those children born into situations where they become victims of abuse.

A recent Asahi Shimbun article reported on a counseling service set up by a maternal health center in Izumi at the request of the Osaka prefectural government. The center brought in an outside organization, Ninshin (pregnancy) SOS, which specifically answers queries from women about unplanned pregnancies. The stories followed the same patterns: the high school girl who can’t confide in anyone, the woman who finds herself pregnant, and then dumped, by her married lover.

The person in charge of Ninshin SOS, Takuyo Sato, told the Asahi that the prefecture set up the service because “there are too many babies dying from abuse.” Almost all the calls they receive are from women “who don’t want to be pregnant, and haven’t seen a doctor yet.” If the caller is a minor, she is urged to talk to her parents. If it is a woman who says she can’t afford a baby, they refer her to services that can help her for free or at minimum cost. If the caller sounds depressed, they urge her to seek a friend’s assistance, or go to her local welfare office and consult a case worker.

Sato believes that the work she is doing will be effective in “preventing abuse” of children who are the products of unplanned pregnancies. “We can reduce the risk that these women will go through labor without medical attention,” she says. “We can also reduce child abuse as a result of the feelings of mothers who didn’t want to give birth to them.”

And then she adds, “It might help if they work out the problem at an early stage.” The reporter doesn’t ask for clarification, but we can assume this means at an early stage in the pregnancy. Sato doesn’t say if she advises callers about abortions or even if any of the callers ask about the procedure, though SOS’s website offers information about terminating pregnancies. Abortion is never discussed in relation to this particular problem in the media. As it stands, hundreds of thousands of Japanese women undergo abortions in clinics and hospitals every year, even though technically abortion is illegal and not covered by any form of national insurance.

The fact that abortion is available and never discussed in the media when the topic is infanticide is like talking about suicide without mentioning intervention. Adoption should also be discussed in the same conversation, and it isn’t. As long as scared pregnant women are made to feel that their only recourse is having and raising a child they don’t want, it will be difficult to talk to them.

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Body of newborn baby found in trash can in toilet at train station

Posted on August 11, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

8-11-2012 Japan Today-Shizuoka
The body of a newborn baby boy was found on Thursday morning in the trash can in the women’s toilet at JR Yaizu Station in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

According to police, a cleaning woman noticed a strange odor coming from the trash can at about 8 a.m., NTV reported. She notified the police who found the body of the newborn infant wrapped in a towel in the trash can.

Police said that the body was placed in the trash can sometime between 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, when the toilet was last cleaned, and early Thursday morning. Police are checking station surveillance camera footage to try and identify who brought the baby into the toilet.

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One month old stabbed by mother

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

TOKYO —
A 1-month-old baby boy was fatally stabbed in an apartment in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward on Wednesday night, police said Thursday. The infant’s mother was found lying beside the body, police said, adding she had taken an overdose of sleeping pills.

According to police, the woman’s father visited the apartment at about 8 p.m., TV Asahi reported. He found his daughter and her baby lying on the floor in the bathroom. The baby had been stabbed in the chest. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The woman regained consciousness on Thursday morning, police said. She was quoted as saying she had been struggling to look after the baby since he was born, TV Asahi reported.

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Woman sits on, kills infant son

Posted on April 29, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Apr. 29, 2012 – TOKYO —

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 41-year-old woman over the death of her 2-year-old son after it was revealed that she sat on his face and chest.

The woman, who has been named as Kimie Takashima, is accused of sitting on her son Yuki at their Nerima apartment in the early hours of Friday morning, Fuji TV reported. She called her ex-husband who called 110. The boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said that Takashima had visited a child consultation center three times since last December because she believed her son’s mental development was slower than average.

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Kagoshima woman held over murder of her 3 children

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Mar. 25, 2012 KAGOSHIMA —

Police on Sunday arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her three children to death on Saturday afternoon at their home in Kagoshima.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Satomi Fukutomi allegedly killed her sons aged 10 and 8, and her 4-year-old daughter some time after 3 p.m., TV Asahi reported. Her 39-year-old husband was at work at the time and discovered the bodies when he returned home at about 8 p.m.

Police said the woman had slit her wrists in an apparent suicide attempt, but is in a stable condition, TV Asahi reported. Police quoted her as saying that she wanted to kill herself and see her children. So far, the suspect has given no motive for the killings, TV Asahi reported.

Neighbors told TV media they were surprised at the murders and said the family seemed a happy one.

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Woman arrested for fatally abusing 1-month-old daughter

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Mar. 17, 2012 – HYOGO —

Police in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 37-year-old woman over the death of her 1-month-old daughter.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Chieko Yamaguchi, allegedly abused her daughter Rina sometime between 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:40 p.m. Thursday night. During that time, there was no one else at home, NTV reported.

Yamaguchi’s husband was away on a business trip and the couple’s 4-year-old daughter was at her grandmother’s place.

On Thursday afternoon, the grandmother was talking to Chieko on the phone when the connection was cut off. She went over to see if everything was OK. She found Rina unconsciousness in the living room and called 119. Rina was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later, NTV reported.

Chieko was quoted by police as saying that the infant wouldn’t stop crying and that she must have smothered her. She told police that she had worried before about being able to look after her daughter, NTV reported.

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19-yr-old man arrested for beating girlfriend’s 2-yr-old son to death

Posted on March 11, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Mar. 11, 2012 – KITAKYUSHU —

Police in Kitakyushu said Saturday they have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly beating a 2-year-old boy to death.

According to police, the man assaulted Kiyora Ikeda, his girlfriend’s son, at her apartment on March 7 at around midnight, while the boy’s mother was at work, TBS reported.

An autopsy revealed that the child had sustained ruptured internal organs.

Police say the suspect, who cannot be named because he is a monor, has so far denied the charges. During police questioning, the accused told investigators he hit the boy in the head to discipline him but added he did not punch him in the stomach, TBS reported.

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Kagoshima woman arrested for abusing 11-month-old baby boy

Posted on March 8, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

Mar. 08, 2012 -KAGOSHIMA
A 28-year-old woman in Airai, Kagoshima Prefecture, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting her 11-month-old baby boy, police said Wednesday.

According to police, the woman, who has been identified as Kaori Uchida, allegedly assaulted her baby in an attack, or attacks, which included shaking him violently on a regular basis last year, NTV reported. Doctors say the baby sustained brain damage as a result.

Police say they believe the woman may have committed similar assaults against her seven-year-old daughter and six-year-old son in the past. Both children have now been taken into protective custody.

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Woman, father held on suspicion of burning baby’s body in park

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

Jan. 20, 2012 FUKUI

Police in Fukui on Friday arrested a 23-year-old woman and her 51-year-old father on suspicion of burning the body of her dead newborn son in a park in December.

According to police, the infant’s mother, identified as Momoko Miyanaga, and her father, Yoshihiro Miyanaga, have admitted to the charges.

Momoko was quoted by police as saying that she gave birth at her home in November 2010. She said the child died immediately and that she hid the body for nearly a year in her room. After she told her her father in December 2011, he burned the body in a park and brought the bones back home, according to Jiji Press.

Police on Friday found bones believed to be the remains of the infant. The family of six lived in a big two-story house, local media reported.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn’s body in library toilet

Posted on October 2, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

CrimeOct. 01, 2011 – 04:00PM

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YAMANASHI —

Police said Saturday they have arrested a woman on suspicion of abandoning the body of her newborn baby in the restroom of a library in Minami-Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture.

According to Sankei Shimbun, the woman, who has been named as Nozomi Ueno, 27, was identified by CCTV camera footage. Police said she gave birth to a girl in the toilet cubicle on Sept 13 between 11:05 a.m. and 12:40 a.m. It is believed that the baby was alive at the time of her birth, but was later found dead in the cubicle.

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Parents arrested over death of 3-month-old daughter

Posted on September 11, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

Crime Sep. 08, 2011 – 12:05PM JST ( 45 )

OSAKA —Japan Today

A 25-year-old man and his 22-year-old wife have been arrested in Kadoma, Osaka, over the death of their 3-month-old daughter, police said Wednesday. The pair, who have been named as Fumiya Fujiyama and his wife Yui, are being investigated for manslaughter after allegedly causing the death of their baby daughter Ryuna in May. The pair are believed to have hit and violently shaken the newborn.

According to Fuji TV, Ryuna was taken to hospital by her parents on May 13, but doctors say she was already dead on arrival. Hospital staff then found dozens of bruises on the infant’s body and head that indicated she had been hit or punched. When questioned, the girl’s parents said she had fallen off of a chair and gave other explanations that failed to explain her injuries. The hospital contacted the police, who initiated an investigation, Fuji reported. Police believe the child had been mistreated regularly since her birth.

So far, both parents have denied punching and shaking their baby, and said she got the bruises from her older sister. Police investigations are ongoing.

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Couple suspected of fatally beating 7-year-old in ‘wrestling game’

Posted on August 26, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

The home where 7-year-old Tsubasa Fujinaga is believed to have been fatally abused is seen in Osaka’s Nishiyodogawa Ward, where a flower seedling that the 7-year-old was apparently growing still stands. (Mainichi)

OSAKA — A man and woman accused of unleashing a deadly beating on the woman’s 7-year-old son have been arrested, law enforcers said.

Arrested were Masatomo Morita, 44, and his wife Ryoko, 29. Morita has reportedly admitted to the accusations and told police he and his wife were “wrestling” with 7-year-old Tsubasa Fujinaga before the boy’s death.

“I threw him in a wrestling game at home. My wife then pushed him over,” Morita is quoted as telling police. Morita’s wife, however, has denied the allegations against her.

Tsubasa, the son of Ryoko from a previous relationship, was thin and there were bruises on his body, as well as what appeared to be cigarette burns. Neighbors said that they had sometimes heard the Moritas yelling angrily, and police suspect that the boy may have been abused on a daily basis.

The couple is accused of inflicting injuries on Tsubasa at their home in Osaka’s Nishiyodogawa Ward on the afternoon of Aug. 25, resulting in his death in the predawn hours of the following morning.

Police said that Tsubasa’s mother phoned emergency services on the evening of Aug. 25, saying, “We were playing with our son, doing wrestling moves on him, when something happened to him.”

At the time rescuers arrived, Tsubasa was unconscious in critical condition. A doctor concluded that he appeared to have suffered a brain hemorrhage.

The couple had lived with Tsubasa and another 2-year-old son. Previously Tsubasa had been living at a childcare facility, but he moved in with his mother and stepfather in April this year. Another younger brother of Tsubasa, aged 4, is living at a childcare institution.

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(Mainichi Japan) August 26, 2011

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43-year-old woman arrested over death of 3-year-old foster daughter

Posted on August 24, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 

TOKYO —

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with the death of her 3-year-old foster child on Aug 24 last year. Police said the girl—identified as Miyuki Watanabe—was found at the foot of a spiral staircase in the Suginami apartment block in which she lived. She was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead 90 minmutes later.

According to a TBS news report, the girl’s foster mother, who is a voice actress, initially told police that she had fallen. However, after hospital staff found bruises on the girl’s head and body that were not consistent with a fall, police began to interview third parties in an attempt to build a case against the woman.

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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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