KANAGAWA — February 13th, 2016
A 39-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 7-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old son at their home in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to police, the woman turned up at a police station at 3:40 a.m. With her was her 11-year-son who had choke marks on his neck, but was not badly injured. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that the woman told them she had strangled her daughter and youngest son and that she had wanted to die.
Police went to the house and found the unconscious bodies of Yumea Ochiai, 7, and her 5-year-old brother Haruma in a second-floor bedroom. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead two hours later.
The woman lived in the house with her husband, their three children and her husband’s parents. The woman’s 47-year-old husband was out at the time, while her in-laws were asleep in other rooms and heard nothing, police said.
Meanwhile, a child welfare center in Atsugi said the woman has consulted them at the end of last year, saying she was feeling the strain of rearing three children. The center had asked the school where the 11-year-old and 7-year-old attended to be on the lookout for any signs of abuse.
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Crime Oct. 10, 2015
Prosecutors on Friday sought a 20-year prison sentence for a man who allowed his 5-year-old son to starve to death at an abandoned apartment in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
The Yokohama District Court heard how the skeletal remains of Riku Saito were found in an apartment abandoned by his father Yukihiro Saito, a truck driver, in May 2014, Fuji TV reported. The boy had starved to death.
One month earlier, when the boy failed to show up at the start of the school term—where he had been enrolled several years before—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police in May. Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father until a week later. Saito lived in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) were found.
Saito—who was divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.
It was learned that although officers from a local child welfare center were supposed to have visited the home to find out what had happened to the boy, they never went.
The Kanagawa Board of Education said that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.
The court also heard that early one morning in October 2004, Riku had been taken into protective custody for a short time after he had run out of the house barefoot and wearing nothing but a diaper. While at the child welfare center, Riku was examined and found to have marks on his body signifying possible abuse.
A short while later, after the identity of Riku’s father was established, staff members at the child welfare center met with Yukihiro and decided that an officer from the center would visit the home to establish whether or not the environment was fit for a young child. However, over the following four years, not one visit took place.
A spokesperson for the child welfare center said at the time: “Whether or not the individual in charge of the case forgot or was too busy, we do not know, and it doesn’t matter. The fact remains that no home visits were conducted and that is a reflection of utter negligence on the part of the center.”
Staff were quoted as saying that the center was grossly understaffed at the time, potentially further contributing to the problem. “At the current time, we believe that child welfare centers are not adequately equipped to deal with cases of abuse and neglect such as this one (Riku),” said one worker. “As such, a revision of these organizations is absolutely necessary at this time to prevent similar cases of professional negligence in the future.”
The court will hand down its sentence on Oct 22.
Crime Nov. 01, 2015 –
A 16-year-old girl died of stab wounds and her 36-year-old Filipino mother is in critical condition after apparently stabbing herself at their home in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said Sunday.
The two were discovered by police accompanied by a relative at around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night, Fuji TV reported. The relative had been worried at being unable to contact the woman.
The two were taken to hospital where the daughter was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
Police suspect the woman stabbed her daughter in the stomach and then herself in an attempted murder-suicide. A blood-stained knife was found near the mother, police said.
The mother and daughter lived with a Japanese man who was out at the time.
KANAGAWA —March 18th, 2015
The body of a newborn baby girl was found in a park in Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture, on Tuesday.
According to police, the body was found in a small clump of bushes by a park employee around 3:40 p.m., NTV reported. The baby’s body was wrapped in a towel.
Police said they are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and and identify the person or persons who brought the infant’s body to the park.
KANAGAWA — March 27th, 2015
A 35-year-old woman and her one-month-old daughter were found collapsed on the ground outside their apartment in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Both died shortly after in what police believe was a murder-suicide case.
According to police, Emi Sato, a company employee, and her daughter were found near the entrance of Sato’s apartment at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Fuji TV reported. Police said it appeared that Sato jumped from the stairs of her building, carrying her child with her.
Both were taken to hospital where they died a short time after arrival.
Sato’s father told police that lately his daughter had been talking about wanting to commit suicide.
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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.
Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday.
According to police, the remains of the child were found at around 3:15 p.m. inside the apartment. TBS quoted police as saying that the remains were that of a young boy who apparently died about seven years ago when he was five.
In April, when the boy failed to show up at the start of school—where he had been enrolled several years ago—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police on May 22.
Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father, truck driver Yukihiro Saito, 36, until May 30. Saito lives in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) and officers discovered the boy’s remains.
Based on on-site analysis of the body, police said the boy had been dead for a long time. The apartment also showed signs of not having been in use for a long time.
Saito—who is divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006, TBS reported. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.
Meanwhile, the Kanagawa Board of Education told a news conference on Saturday that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007, NHK reported. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.
Police said Wednesday the remains of a newborn baby were found in a river in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to police, a woman contacted emergency services after noticing what appeared to be a baby floating in the Shimotsuruma River at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, TBS reported. Police arrived at the scene to discover the body of a newborn baby boy that had apparently been put into the river shortly after birth.
Police believe the body had been in the water for around a month. Investigators say they are currently interviewing local residents in an attempt to uncover further information about the mother, TBS reported.
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Police said Tuesday that a three-year-old boy drowned in a kindergarten paddling pool in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday.
According to police, the boy, who has been identified as Takahiro Irei, was one of 30 children playing in the pool at around 11:30 a.m. under the supervision of two members of staff. According to investigators, the pool was around 20-30 cm deep and five meters in diameter.
Police said the boy was not seen to be struggling at the time he drowned, but after the other children left the pool, a staff member noticed him floating face down in the water. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police are currently investigating the circumstances that led up to the boy’s death, and the supervision system that was in place, in order to determine whether or not there was negligence on the part of the kindergarten employees.
According to the Japan Times, pediatricians and other members of a nonprofit group are preparing to open a retreat facility in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, next year for children with serious illnesses or disabilities.
Relatives taking care of children suffering from serious diseases at home can’t take a break because there are no such facilities in Japan where they can temporarily leave their children, she said.
Minoru Mizusawa, 44, said: “Families with sick children tend to stay home a lot. I hope there will be more facilities like this.”
Unlike conventional hospices that accept terminal-stage patients, it will accommodate children with illnesses of varying degrees.
Once the facility opens the organizers are planning to provide stays of around one week during which nurses will be always on hand to help.
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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.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )