22-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of 6-month-old son

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death, Child Custody and Visitation | Tags: , , , |


Police in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after strangled her 6-month-old son with a kotatsu electric cord.

According to police, the woman, Naomi Misu, strangled the child at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday while her husband was out. Fuji TV reported that she then called 119.

The boy was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma on Sunday.

Police said Misu, who was on maternity leave from her job at a bank, had consulted with Tanabe city welfare authorities on Dec 3, saying the child wouldn’t stop crying and she found child-rearing stressful.

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22-year-old man held over murder of 11-year-old boy in Wakayama town

Posted on February 23, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

 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.

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Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child’s release from care

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |


A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Wakayama for allegedly beating his 2-year-old son to death, police said.

According to police, Kazuki Hara was arrested after his son Seri died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a violent attack in July.

Fuji TV quoted a child welfare spokesperson as saying that the boy was taken into care in 2011 after Hara allegedly stomped on him and broke several of his bones. However, the District Public Prosecutor’s Office found that Hara’s guilt could not be proven and ordered a suspension of indictment.

While Seri was in care, welfare officials said he met with his father 25 times and stayed at his home on 35 separate occasions. It was deemed safe for Seri to return to his father in June of this year. He died a month and a half later, police said.

Police said Hara has so far denied intent to injure his son. 

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Man arrested for abuse after breaking 6-month-old baby’s leg

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

WAKAYAMA — Nov. 19th, 2011  Japan Today

Police in Wakayama City said Friday they have arrested a 24-year-old man for assault after he allegedly stomped on his 6-month-old baby son, breaking the child’s right leg.

According to a report on NTV, the incident took place at the home of the accused on Oct 8 at around 9:30 p.m. The suspect and his 21-year-old wife took the child to hospital where medical staff became suspicious of the cause of the boy’s injuries. The Support Center for Children, Women and the Disabled then reported the incident to police, NTV said.

During questioning, the man, who was identified as Kazuki Hara, was quoted as saying that the child wouldn’t stop crying, and he got angry.

The support center said that they sent a report to police about a similar incident involving the child in July, NTV reported.

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