Woman, infant son die in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

August 19th, 2014

A woman in her 30s jumped to her death from the roof of her apartment building in Tokyo after apparently killing her 7-month-old son, police said Tuesday.

According to police, the woman’s husband returned home from work at around 8 p.m. Monday and found the body of his wife lying beside the car park of their apartment complex in Kokubunji. TV Asahi reported that the man called police and then discovered the body of his 7-month-old son lying on a futon in their second-floor apartment.

Police said that both mother and son were taken to hospital but confirmed dead on arrival.

Police believe the mother killed the child and then went up to the roof of the building and jumped to her death.

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Man arrested for assaulting girlfriend’s 4-year-old son

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

Apr. 04, 2012 – OSAKA

Police in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for allegedly punching his girlfriend’s four-year-old son in the face.

The suspect, identified as Yoshiyuki Suzuki, works as a security guard. He is accused of hitting the boy in the face and head with an open hand and a back scratcher on multiple occasions between Feb 5 and 12, NTV reported. Police say large bruises were visible around the boy’s eyes and that scratches were also found on his posterior. Doctors expect it will take around two weeks for the boy’s injuries to heal.

Police believe the abuse was ongoing. The mistreatment came to light after a neighbor reported hearing the sounds of a child being beaten. The caller told the emergency operator that it was not the first time the sounds had been heard, according to NTV.

During police questioning, the boy’s mother, 26, told investigators that they started living together in September of last year, but the abuse started at the beginning of this year. She also told police that the boy had been stripped naked and locked out on the balcony as punishment, NTV said.

According to police, Suzuki said he was disciplining the boy, who was taken into protective custody last month.

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Woman arrested for abusing 2-week-old twins

Posted on March 14, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , , |

Mar. 14, 2012 – SHIZUOKA —
Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old woman for allegedly assaulting her newborn twins.

The woman, who has been named as Ayana Nakano from Shizuoka, is accused of assaulting her two-week-old babies in March of last year during a trip to her parents’ house in Fukuroi, Fuji TV reported. The attack allegedly included dashing them on the ground, causing serious injuries.

The attack came to light after the children underwent a medical check a month after their birth. Medical staff reportedly became suspicious and contacted child services.

A police investigation has revealed that one of the babies sustained a fractured skull in the attack, from which she took three months to heal. The other child sustained injuries to her head, arms and legs which police say took a month to heal, Fuji reported.

During police questioning, Nakano was quoted as saying that she couldn’t sleep because the children wouldn’t stop crying at night. She said she panicked and lashed out at them.

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