Parents arrested for slashing, choking 5-year-old son

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

GUNMA — February 26th, 2016

Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a couple on suspicion of choking and slashing their 5-year-old son.

The suspects, Akihito Kawata, 25, and his wife Riko, 24, are suspected of physically assaulting their 5-year-old son at their residence on Feb 21, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The case came to light on Wednesday when the son’s kindergarten teacher noticed a gash on his neck and asked him what happened. The boy said that “Mama cut me with a kitchen knife and choked me after that. And papa kicked me.”

Police said Riko has denied the charge, but her husband has admitted abusing the boy. He was quoted as saying, “We did it because the boy was talking back to us in a rude way.”

Police believe the couple may have regularly been abusing their son.

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27-year-old man arrested for kicking 5-year-old son

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

GUNMA —March 19th, 2015

Police in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 27-year-old man for violently kicking his 5-year-old son in the head.

According to police, Kenta Fukushima, who works as a car mechanic, abused his son on March 10. NTV reported that police were notified after staff at the boy’s daycare center noticed bruises on his face.

The boy has been placed in protective custody.

Police quoted Fukushima as saying he had kicked his son to discipline him. Fukushima lives with his son and a daughter.

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Woman arrested for throwing 10-month-old daughter against wall

Posted on June 4, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 MAY. 30, 2014 – GUNMA —

Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 26-year-old woman for abusing her 10-month-old daughter.

According to police, the woman, identified as Miki Morijiri, threw her daughter against a wall at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. TBS reported that the child sustained a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Police said the abuse went on for about 20 minutes. A neighbor who heard the girl screaming alerted police who came to the apartment. Morijiri was quoted by police as saying, “I just got so frustrated with her, so I threw her.”

Morijiri’s 31-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident, police said.

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Mother arrested for burning daughter with lighter

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 AUG. 20, 2013 – Gunma – Japan Today

Police said Monday they have arrested a 35-year-old woman for abuse after she put a cigarette lighter against her 5-year-old daughter’s body.

According to police,  Maki Fukuchi, a resident of Ota in Gunma Prefecture, repeatedly burned her daughter’s stomach and right leg with a lighter since the end of July, TBS reported. A child counseling center notified police about possible domestic violence.

Fukuchi was quoted by police as saying, “I didn’t do it. She did it to herself.”


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3-year-old girl starves to death after mother leaves country

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

FEB. 22, 2013 – GUNMA —

A 3-year-old girl apparently died of starvation in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, after being left in the care of her 14-year-old sister while their mother was out of the country, police said Thursday.

According to police, the children were left alone with food and spending money by their mother, while she went home for a visit to the Philippines on Feb 9. TBS reported that police received an emergency call from the woman’s 14-year-old daughter at about 7 p.m. on Feb 18, saying that her younger sister had collapsed. Emergency workers rushed to the scene where the child was confirmed dead.

Police say there were no obvious signs of injury, but that they suspect the girl may have starved to death. Investigators say they are planning to question the girl’s mother when she returns to Japan and said she may faces a charge of abandonment leading to death. The single mother, who is 37, lived with her two daughters.


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Mother cycling with 2 daughters run over at crossing; both children die

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Dec. 20, 2011
A mother riding a bicycle with her two young daughters was run over by a car at a crossing in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Monday afternoon.

Police said Tuesday that the woman has yet to regain consciousness, and that her two daughters died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. Ayumi, 2, died shortly after the accident, while Junko, 4, died early Tuesday, TV Asahi reported. Neither child was wearing a helmet, reports say.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Japan National Route 354. The woman, identified as Clare Sakurai, 34, a Filipino, was riding across a zebra crossing with her two daughters when they were hit by a car, which then proceeded to collide with an oncoming truck and was knocked onto its side, TV Asahi reported.

The 65-year-old driver of the car, who has been arrested, reportedly told police that he tried to swerve right to avoid the cyclist but didn’t make it in time.

Police are investigating to see whether the traffic light was green or red at the time of the incident.

Local residents say that since the March 11 disaster, fewer streetlights have been turned on, making visibility poor in the area at that time of the day.

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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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Death due to Bullying

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