3-year-old girl starves to death after mother leaves country

Posted on February 23, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

FEB. 22, 2013 – GUNMA —

A 3-year-old girl apparently died of starvation in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, after being left in the care of her 14-year-old sister while their mother was out of the country, police said Thursday.

According to police, the children were left alone with food and spending money by their mother, while she went home for a visit to the Philippines on Feb 9. TBS reported that police received an emergency call from the woman’s 14-year-old daughter at about 7 p.m. on Feb 18, saying that her younger sister had collapsed. Emergency workers rushed to the scene where the child was confirmed dead.

Police say there were no obvious signs of injury, but that they suspect the girl may have starved to death. Investigators say they are planning to question the girl’s mother when she returns to Japan and said she may faces a charge of abandonment leading to death. The single mother, who is 37, lived with her two daughters.


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Man gets 12 years for starving baby son to death

Posted on September 15, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME SEP. 14, 2012 -CHIBA —
A man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for starving his 2-year-old son to death last year at their home in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.

According to the ruling, Yuzo Kosaka, 29, and his wife Satomi, 39, failed to provide enough food for their son Soshi, resulting in his eventual death from starvation at the age of 2 years and 10 months, TV Asahi reported.

Prosecutors told the court that at the time of his death, Soshi had weighed less than half the average for a boy of his age. They also said that Soshi had suffered from an intestinal obstruction after eating hair and paper from his diaper, TV Asahi reported.

The boy’s parents were charged with parental negligence resulting in death. Satomi Kosaka was sentenced to 7 years in prison in an earlier trial. She had pleaded guilty to the charge. Her lawyer told the court that emotionally and psychologically, she was being controlled by her husband, 11 years her junior, and that as such, she was unable to seek advice from childcare professionals.

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Needless death of 3 children

Posted on January 2, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

This is exactly the kind of thing Children First wants to prevent from happening. Three children died in 2 separate cases in 2010. In one case the mother abandoned her kids and let them starve to death. In the other case an eighteen year abandoned her new born shortly after giving birth in a public restroom. There needs to be options for these young mothers. They need to know where to get help. Follow the link to read the entire article. http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/2-young-mothers-to-face-murder-charge-over-dead-children

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