Firefighter scalds girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter

Posted on April 6, 2016. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

TOCHIGI — March 24th, 2016

Police in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a firefighter on suspicion of scalding his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter last month.

The suspect, Reiji Suzuki, a 20-year-old firefighter at Yaita Fire Department, is suspected of physically assaulting the child by scalding her back at their residence in Sakura City on Feb 23, Fuji TV reported. Doctors said the girl’s injuries will take about six weeks to heal.

The incident came to light when the mother, 22, came home from work and noticed the burns on her daughter’s body. She took the girl to the hospital. Doctors were suspicious that burns were spread over the child’s body from her back to legs and notified police. Police believe that Suzuki poured boiling water on the girl, but he has denied the charge.

Suzuki was initially arrested on March 3 on suspicion of physically assaulting his girlfriend with a pair of scissors.

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Woman arrested for fatally stabbing 14-year-old daughter

Posted on February 6, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME FEB. 06, 2013 – TOCHIGI —

Police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing to death her 14-year-old daughter at their apartment in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoko Numabe, called emergency services at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and said she had stabbed her daughter. TBS reported that police rushed to the scene and found the girl suffering from a stab wound to the neck. She was taken to hospital where she died on Tuesday night.

Police said Numabe and her daughter lived by themselves. Numabe has so far given no motive for the attack, police said.

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Woman arrested for strangling 2-year-old daughter

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

CRIME NOV. 09, 2012 -TOCHIGI —
Police on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old woman for allegedly strangling to death her 2-year-old daughter at their home in Tochigi.

According to police, they received a call at 9 a.m. on Wednesday from a woman saying that she had strangled her daughter, NTV reported. Police rushed to the apartment and found the girl lying on the living room floor. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead.

Police took the woman into custody. She was quoted as saying that she sat on her daughter’s back and strangled her with both hands, NTV reported.

According to police, the woman lived with her husband and daughter. She has been visiting a hospital regularly for treatment of mental health problems.

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Woman sentenced to 4 1/2 years for breaking babies’ legs

Posted on February 3, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

  Feb. 02, 2012 –  TOCHIGI —

A Tochigi court on Wednesday sentenced a 30-year-old woman to 4 1/2 years in prison after she was found guilty of breaking the legs of four babies. The sentence was handed down at the Ashikaga branch of the Utsunomiya District Court. The court heard that Yuko Saotome approached mothers in children’s goods stores and other public places, asking to hold their children and then surreptitiously broke their legs, NTV reported. According to police, the incidents took place between April and May 2010. The court said that Saotome could not be excused of her crimes on the grounds of temporary insanity. The judge went on to describe her actions as “despicable” and added that the crimes were motivated by jealousy at seeing happy mothers. Japan Today

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