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

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

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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Man arrested over murder of 10-year-old girl

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

Feb. 02, 2015- FUKUOKA —

Police in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 46-year-old man over the murder of a 10-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday morning.

According to police, the girl, Miwa Ishibashi, was last seen by her mother after she drove her to meet a classmate at her (the classmate’s) grandmother’s house. TBS reported that the mother dropped her daughter off near the classmate’s house at around 10 a.m. Saturday. However, Ishibashi never met her friend. Her parents alerted police when she didn’t return home on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning, police found Ishibashi’s body in a large vinyl bag hidden in a closet on the second floor of her friend’s house and arrested construction worker Toshiyuki Uchima, who is the common-law husband of the friend’s mother.

Police said Uchima has admitted to strangling Ishibashi—whom he knew—at another spot and then panicked and hid her body in the bag at the house.

Police are questioning Uchima on where and at what time he killed Ishibashi.

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1-yr-old girl left in car for 4 hours while mother plays pachinko

Posted on June 30, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

JUN. 29, 2013   FUKUOKA —

Police in Shingu, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Saturday that an 18-year-old woman and her 36-year-old male friend have been arrested after the woman’s one-year-old daughter was left inside a car for four hours while they played pachinko.

A policeman on patrol found the girl inside the car in the parking lot of a karaoke establishment at about 6 p.m. on Friday, NTV reported. When the mother and her companion returned to the car, they told police they had been playing pachinko since about 2 p.m.

The engine was left running and the air conditioner was on, police said, adding the child was unharmed. Police said the pair will be charged with endangering the child’s life.

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Man kills son in failed murder-suicide bid

Posted on October 13, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME OCT. 13, 2012 -FUKUOKA —
Police are investigating a failed murder-suicide in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, that left a young boy dead and his father in hospital.

According to police, a 32-year-old man and his 4-year-old son were found lying unconscious in their home by the man’s mother, who visited the residence at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, after she was unable to contact her son, Fuji TV reported.

The boy was taken to hospital in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and was later pronounced dead. Doctors say the man’s life is not in danger.

Police have not yet announced the cause of the boy’s death, but they are treating the incident as a failed murder-suicide bid.

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19-year-old parents questioned over alleged abuse of 8-month-old child

Posted on November 29, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Nov. 29, 2011 – 07:00AM FUKUOKA —

Police are investigating a teenage couple after they brought their 8-month-old child to an emergency room in a hospital in Kasuga City, Fukuoka Prefecture, with a failing heart.

According to TV Asahi, the infant girl was admitted to the hospital at around 7 p.m. Sunday. Doctors succeeded in getting the girl’s heart beating again, but say she now appears to be in a state of brain death.

The hospital notified police that the infant exhibited bruises around the face and body, TV Asahi reported.

On Monday, police began questioning the child’s parents, who are both 19 and cannot be named because they are minors. They were quoted as saying that they sometimes hit their child because she misbehaved, TV Asahi reported.

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Woman arrested over death of one-year-old son

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Jul. 07, 2011 – 12:00PM JST     FUKUOKA —

Police on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old woman after her one-year-old son was found dead in Fukuoka’s Minami Ward.

The baby boy, who has been named as Ryusei Yashima, was discovered by officers near a river at around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday night after the boy’s great-grandmother contacted police to report that her granddaughter had killed her great-grandson. Police found the baby limp and he was confirmed dead at a hospital around an hour later.

During questioning, the child’s mother, who is divorced, told police, “I strangled him to death.” She then went to her grandmother’s house. Police said the woman has so far given no motive for the crime.

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8-year-old boy falls to his death in Fukuoka

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

FUKUOKA — Japan Today

An 8-year-old boy fell to his death from the balcony of his 13th-floor apartment in Fukuoka on Saturday, police said Monday. According to police, the incident occurred just prior to 7 p.m.

Police said they received an emergency call from the apartment’s adult tenant, saying the child had fallen from the balcony. The boy, identified Yuki Shudo, was confirmed dead at the hospital a short time later.

Police said the boy had been left alone in the apartment, and apparently had managed to climb over the 1-meter-high balcony railing.

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Man gets suspended sentence for throwing 9-month-old daughter against wall

Posted on January 17, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , , |

Another unbelievable story from Japan Today. It seems the judges and police are both negligent and unwilling to take adequate steps to protect women and children from abuse. I fail to understand the logic behind the judges ruling. Nor do I understand why the police are so unsympathetic.

Here is the story from Japan Today. The Fukuoka District Court on Tuesday gave a suspended sentence to a 23-year-old man who caused severe injuries to his 9-month-old daughter by throwing her against a wall.

In sentencing Yuki Okada to two years in prison, suspended for four years, Judge Yoshiya Yoshizaki said that Okada had ‘‘committed the act after getting upset because his daughter stopped crying when his wife consoled her but started crying when he did the same.’‘

Okada, a company employee, threw his daughter against a wall twice at their home in the city of Fukuoka on April 14, breaking her thigh bone, according to the ruling. He was also found guilty of causing minor injuries to his wife by hitting her on the head with an umbrella in January.

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