Parents arrested after 8-month-old baby dies of suspected malnutrition, neglect

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

HIROSHIMA — March 4th, 2016

Police have arrested the parents of an 8-month-old baby boy who was found dead of suspected malnutrition and neglect in the city of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, Mao Arai, 41, and his wife Ayaka, 22, did not feed their son Rito since early February and did not take any measures to help him despite being aware that his health was deteriorating, Fuji TV reported.

On Wednesday morning, the husband called emergency services, informing them that his son’s “body was cold.” When authorities arrived at the site, they found the baby lying on a futon in a state of cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead.

There were no injuries on Rito’s body, but his ribs were showing and he was visibly underweight. According to investigators, he weighed four kilograms, half the average for his age.

The family lived in a two-story house, with the baby staying in a room on the first floor, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police found no other items but a futon in the child’s room and there was no baby food in the house.

Neighbors were quoted by police as saying that they weren’t aware that the couple had a child, because they had never seen him.

The two suspects are apparently providing conflicting statements, with the wife telling police that she “could not care enough for the child,” while the husband is denying neglect, saying that the baby was not weak and that they had been caring for him.

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Man arrested for beating 4-month-old daughter

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

Feb. 21, 2015 -HIROSHIMA —

Police in Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of abusing his 4-month-old daughter.

According to police, Keita Sudo beat his daughter about the head, causing a skull fracture, last Nov 3, NTV reported Friday. His wife, who was away at the time, later noticed a bruise on her daughter’s forehead. As she seemed unwell, the couple took her to the hospital. Sudo told the doctor that he did not know what had caused the bruise, police said.

The next day, the hospital reported the incident to a child consultation center in Hiroshima as a case of suspected child abuse. The center then notified police.

Police said Sudo has denied abusing his daughter who spent a week in hospital recovering from her injury.

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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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Woman held for attempted murder of 4-month-old daughter

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


Police in Hiroshima on Friday arrested a 39-year-old woman for attempted murder after she allegedly abused her 4-month-old daughter last month.

According to police, the woman, identified as Chiyo Oki, abused her daughter at around 3 p.m. on Aug 23 by wrapping a towel around her mouth and nose at their home in Asaminami Ward. Fuji TV reported that the child lost consciousness and Oki called 119. The infant was taken to hospital where she remains in a coma, police said.

Police said Oki has admitted to the charge, and was quoted as saying she was worn out from child-rearing, Fuji reported. Oki lives with her husband and young son who were out at the time of the incident, police said.


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Man arrested for killing his 2 teenage children

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

Crime May. 15, 2013 HIROSHIMA —

Police on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death his two teenage children at their home in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Masamichi Nakasone, a company employee, called 110 at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and reported that he had stabbed his two children to death. Fuji TV reported that emergency services and police rushed to the scene and found the two children—his 17 year-old daughter Haruka and his 13-year-old son Masaya—bleeding from stab wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police said Nakasone was found with stab wounds to his stomach and believe he tried to commit suicide. He is in a stable condition in hospital, Fuji quoted police as saying.

Nakasone was recently separated from his wife and looking after their two children. His boss at work was quoted as saying he had not appeared well recently and was stressed out, while a neighbor said that he seemed to be a wonderful father.

Police said they will wait for Nakasone to recover before questioning him.

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4-year-old boy survives fall from 12th-floor window

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

 FEB. 20, 2013 -HIROSHIMA —

A 4-year-old boy survived a fall from the window of the 12th-floor apartment where he lived in Hiroshima on Tuesday.

Emergency services received a call at around 8:40 a.m. from the parents of the child, saying that he had fallen out of the window and was lying on the roof of a car park next door, TBS reported.

Police believe the boy climbed on to a 30-cm high table and was able to pull himself up to the window, and then toppled out. Police said the boy is seriously injured, but conscious.

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Woman held for fatally abusing 11-year-old daughter with golf club

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

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 28-year-old woman over the death of her 11-year-old daughter at their home in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Asato Horiuchi, allegedly beat her daughter Yuma with a golf club on Monday morning at about 11 a.m., Fuji TV reported. While she was driving her daughter over to her parents’ house in the afternoon, Yuma lost consciousness and Horiuchi stopped at a police koban for help. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

According to the Hiroshima prefectural government’s child welfare division, Horiuchi abused her daughter in February 2009. At that time, officials placed Yuma in a children’s institution where she remained for two years until her mother took custody of her again last year.

Horiuchi was quoted by police as saying that she got angry because her daughter lied to her.

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26-year-old woman arrested for drowning baby son in bath

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

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly drowning her 4-month-old son in the bath in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

According to police, the woman, who has been named as Yuki Nakamatsu, contacted them at around 10:45 a.m. on Friday to report that she had killed her son, Fuji TV reported. Officers arrived at her home to find her son Haruki in the bathtub, submerged in water.

Haruki was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead two hours later. According to police, Nakamatsu has confessed to the crime but gave no motive.

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Student abducts 12-yr-old girl, confines her in travel bag in taxi trunk in Hiroshi

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Child Abduction | Tags: , , |


Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 20-year-old university student for allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old elementary school girl in Hiroshima on Tuesday night.

Police said the suspect, identified as Tomohiro Kodama from Setagaya in Tokyo, is accused of forcing the girl to get into a large travel bag at knifepoint and then placing it in the trunk of a taxi. The girl had been waiting for her mother to pick her up at Nishi-Hiroshima Station after attending cram school.

According to police, Kodama asked the taxi driver to help him put the bag in the trunk at about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday and then drive to Hiroshima Station. The driver was quoted by NHK as saying he felt something warm and soft. He drove along for about four kilometers and could hear cries coming from the trunk. When he asked Kodama if there was a dog in the bag, Kodama said nothing. When they stopped at a traffic light, Kodama asked to get out.

However, the driver restrained him and asked a passerby to call police. Then he and the passerby opened the bag and found the girl, unharmed.

Kodama, who belongs to a martial arts club at his university, has confessed to kidnapping and confining the girl. He was quoted by police as saying he did not know her and that he had planned to take her back to a hotel near Hiroshima Station, where he was staying.

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High school student arrested for breaking classmate’s back

Posted on August 11, 2012. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , , |

AUG. 10, 2012 – HIROSHIMA —
Police said Thursday that a junior high school student in Hiroshima has been arrested after he allegedly broke a classmate’s back in June.

According to police, the 15-year-old boy was with four friends in a school corridor on June 22 during recess when several of them picked up the victim, TBS reported. The youth then allegedly kneed him in the back. Police say the boy suffered a broken bone in his lower back.

Following the alleged assault, the school principal publicly apologized for failing to protect the boy. The school subsequently distributed a questionnaire to students, the results of which suggested that the victim had been bullied regularly by his assailant.

The boy and his parents filed a complaint with police on July 17. The arrested youth denies any intent to harm the victim, TBS reported.

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