AICHI — February 17th, 2016
A 32-year-old woman in Kaniecho, Aichi Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 4-month-old daughter by suffocating her with a pillow.
According to police, the woman, identified as Rieko Kito, is accused of suffocating her daughter Misora until the baby died at around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the family’s apartment, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.
Kito called 119 at around 9 a.m., reporting that her daughter had stopped breathing. She also told police that she had covered Misora’s face with a pillow, police said.
Her 37-year-old husband had already left for work at the time of the incident.
Kito was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from looking after her baby. Police said that since last November, she had called the local child welfare center for advice. A staff member visited Kito on Monday and told police the child was alright.
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CRIME SEP. 13, 2013 – HIROSHIMA —
Police in Hiroshima on Friday arrested a 39-year-old woman for attempted murder after she allegedly abused her 4-month-old daughter last month.
According to police, the woman, identified as Chiyo Oki, abused her daughter at around 3 p.m. on Aug 23 by wrapping a towel around her mouth and nose at their home in Asaminami Ward. Fuji TV reported that the child lost consciousness and Oki called 119. The infant was taken to hospital where she remains in a coma, police said.
Police said Oki has admitted to the charge, and was quoted as saying she was worn out from child-rearing, Fuji reported. Oki lives with her husband and young son who were out at the time of the incident, police said.