GUNMA — February 26th, 2016
Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a couple on suspicion of choking and slashing their 5-year-old son.
The suspects, Akihito Kawata, 25, and his wife Riko, 24, are suspected of physically assaulting their 5-year-old son at their residence on Feb 21, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The case came to light on Wednesday when the son’s kindergarten teacher noticed a gash on his neck and asked him what happened. The boy said that “Mama cut me with a kitchen knife and choked me after that. And papa kicked me.”
Police said Riko has denied the charge, but her husband has admitted abusing the boy. He was quoted as saying, “We did it because the boy was talking back to us in a rude way.”
Police believe the couple may have regularly been abusing their son.
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SAITAMA —March 21st, 2015
Police in Saitama said Saturday they have arrested a 65-year-old woman on suspicion of fatally stabbing her 15-month-old grandson.
According to police, Mie Tanaka stabbed her grandson Eisuke Kimura at her apartment sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. Friday, Sankei Shimbun reported. At the time of the attack, Eisuke’s mother was out, leaving the boy alone with his grandmother.
The boy’s mother returned home at around 4 p.m. and found her son unconscious and bleeding from a stomach wound. She called 110. Eisuke was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police quoted Tanaka as saying she stabbed her grandson but said she has so far given no motive.
Tanaka and her husband lived with their daughter and their grandson.
Feb. 07, 2015 –
Police in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, arrested a 22-year-old man early Saturday on suspicion of fatally stabbing an 11-year-old boy as he walked home from school on Thursday afternoon.
The boy, Toshi Morita, was attacked a few hundred meters from his school at around 4 p.m. Thursday. A local resident saw a man running away from the boy after the attack and called 119.
Speaking at an early morning news conference, police identified the suspect as Oshu Nakamura, an unemployed man who lives about 150 meters from the scene of the murder, TBS reported. He was arrested at around 1:30 a.m., but has denied the charge.
Police said Oshu lived with his parents and was reclusive, although some neighbors recalled seeing in front of his house occasionally swinging a bamboo sword. Police said he fit the description of a man seen wearing goggles and carrying knives near the vacant lot where the boy’s body was found.
Morita was airlifted to hospital by helicopter but died shortly after arrival, police said, adding he had 10 wounds on his body, which appear to have been inflicted by different weapons.
Jan. 19, 2012 OSAKA —
Police in Osaka arrested a 35-year-old woman on Wednesday for allegedly stabbing an 11-year-old boy while he was walking home from school.
Police said the attack took place just after 3 p.m. in Yodogawa Ward. A witness said the woman jumped on the boy and started stabbing him, TV Asahi reported.
The suspect, identified as Maharu Nagatsuma, was charged with attempted murder. She was quoted by police as saying that she didn’t know the boy, but gave no motive.
Police said the boy suffered four stab wounds to his chest and arms but they are not life-threatening, TV Asahi reported.