Man arrested for murdering father, kidnapping 7-year-old girl

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

Aug 6th, 2012, Aichi – Japan Today

Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of killing his father before kidnapping and imprisoning a 7-year-old girl in Nagoya.

According to police, the man, who has been named as Makoto Mizushima, is suspected of taking the girl back to his Nagoya apartment and confining her inside. It is believed he approached the girl as she left her home to go to school on Monday morning, Fuji TV reported.

Upon hearing that their daughter had not made it to school and had not attended the school opening ceremony, the girl’s parents alerted the authorities.

A police investigation was launched and a search of the apartment block carried out, during which police discovered the girl in Mizushima’s living room next to a body believed to be that of Mizushima’s father. Police say the girl was unharmed, Fuji reported.

Mizushima was quoted by police as saying he killed his father. According to police, injuries found on the body were consistent with those sustained during death by strangulation.

Japan Today

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