2-month-old baby boy drowns in Nagano river

Posted on April 30, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

Apr. 30, 2012 NAGANO —

Police said Monday they are investigating the circumstances in which a 2-month-old baby boy drowned on Saturday after he fell into a river in Nagano Prefecture.

According to police, the boy, who has been named as Zen Okada, was playing by the Matsukawa River near his home in Iida at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when he is believed to have fallen into the river and was carried downstream, Fuji TV reported.

The boy’s family contacted the emergency services who arranged a search by boat and helicopter on Sunday morning. The infant’s body was found around 900 meters downstream of where he was lost.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances that led up to the incident. The child was with his mother and older brother when the incident occurred, Fuji quoted police as saying.

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Nagano woman arrested for attempted murder after strangling 1-year-old daughter

Posted on April 28, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Apr. 24, 2012 – NAGANO —

Police said Monday they have arrested a 40-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her one-year-old daughter at their home in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture.

The woman, who has been named as Ikue Inose, called police at around 3 .p.m. on Sunday and said that she had strangled her baby, NTV reported. Police rushed to the scene and took the child to hospital where doctors said she was suffering from organ failure.

According to police, Inose lived in the apartment with her daughter and husband, who was out at the time of the incident. An investigation is underway to ascertain the circumstances leading up to the crime.

Police said Inose is to be charged with attempted murder, but that she has so far given no motive for the crime, NTV reported.

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Mother accused of offering daughter to be raped in exchange for cash

Posted on November 11, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

INA, Nagano — A mother and a male acquaintance, already facing charges over forcing her eldest daughter into prostitution, have been issued new arrest warrants accusing them of attempting to rape the woman’s second daughter.

The new arrest warrants accuse the 45-year-old mother and 72-year-old Shoichi Koshio of attempting to rape the primary school-aged girl twice at a hotel in mid-May this year. According to police, the mother brought the girl to the hotel room, where she accepted a large sum of cash from Koshio and remained in the room while he tried to rape her daughter.

The pair was first arrested in connection with prostituting the woman’s eldest daughter, who is in her early teens.

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