A woman currently hospitalized due to an emotional disturbance is suspected of fatally abusing her 10-month-old daughter, police in Kochi said.
According to police, the 40-year-old mother of Anzu Yoshimoto called a daycare center at around 10 a.m. on Oct 14 and said that her daughter was not well, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. The daycare center called ambulance which went to the woman’s home and found Anzu in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead on arrival.
Local media reported that on Oct 13, neighbors heard a loud angry shout and a girl crying inside the apartment.
An autopsy showed that the cause of Anzu’s death was acute subdural hematoma due to an external strong impact to her head, and the time of death was around 7 a.m. She also had a broken left leg and signs of bruises on her arms.
Police said Anzu’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown after she called the daycare center and has been hospitalized since Oct 14. They plan to question her after she recovers.
Meanwhile, local media reported that neighbors contacted police in June, expressing concern that Anzu was being abused after they heard her crying. The police notified the local child welfare center which told them there was no evidence of abuse at that time.
The woman also has a 5-year-old son.