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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Mother held for drowning 12-day-old son in bathtub

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

From Japan Today, a woman in Seya, Kanagawa Prefecture was arrested on Tuesday after confessing to drowning her 12-day-old son. According to police, Sumiko Takeuchi, 41, was bathing the infant, named Takeyoshi, on Tuesday morning while her husband, a 48-year-old unemployed man, was out shopping. At around 9:50 a.m. she allegedly held the boy under the water until he drowned.

Takeuchi’s husband returned home and discovered the pair in the bathroom and called emergency services. Takeyoshi was taken to a Yokohama hospital where he was pronounced dead three hours later.

Takeuchi was quoted by police as saying: “I started to worry about his future because I lost faith in my ability to raise him.” She also claimed she had intended to kill herself as well, but couldn’t go through with it.

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