37-year-old woman arrested for attempting to kill 3-year-old daughter

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

UTSUNOMIYA — January 12th, 2016

Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 37-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 3-year-old daughter in a public toilet at a leisure facility.

According to police, the suspect, Mika Hashimoto, tried to strangle her daughter Yuna to death at around 2 p.m. Sunday in a toilet at Romantic-mura, which is a theme park containing a huge onsen, and a FlowerDome with tropical plants, hydroponically grown herbs and a variety of orchids.

Hashimoto took her daughter to the toilet but when she came out alone, her husband went to see where Yuna was and found her unconscious in the toilet and called 110, Fuji TV reported. Yuna was taken to hospital where she remained in a coma on Monday, police said.

Hashimoto was quoted by police as saying she wasn’t confident she could raise her daughter and wanted to kill her. Her husband told police his wife had often expressed anxiety to him about raising their daughter but that she had never before tried to hurt the girl.

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