16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents

Posted on December 30, 2015. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

YAMAGATA —

Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, Yoshimi Suzuki, who is unemployed, and his wife who cannot be named because she is a minor, are suspected of putting their daughter Misora in a garbage bag and then placing the bag inside a trash can in their bedroom at around 10 p.m. on May 7. Misora suffocated to death.

Suzuki noticed that his daughter wasn’t moving and called 119. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead two hours later. The hospital notified police.

The couple, who were arrested on Sunday, have admitted to the charge and said they did it because their baby was crying really loudly while they were trying to play video games, police said.

The bin was 20 cms high and 20 cms in diameter. Suzuki and his wife were quoted by police as saying they didn’t think their daughter would die.

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Bullied teenage boy jumps from school window in Yamagata

Posted on August 28, 2013. Filed under: Bullying | Tags: , , , , |

 AUG. 28, 2013 YAMAGATA —

A schoolboy who was injured after jumping out of a window at school may have been the victim of bullying, an investigation has found.

According to school authorities in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, the findings come from a questionnaire that was circulated to staff and selected students after a 16-year-old boy jumped from a fourth floor window of a public school on Aug 23, TBS reported Wednesday. Police say the teenager was left unconscious following the fall, but has since regained consciousness.

In a statement to media, the school principal said: “The results of the questionnaire suggest that, among other causes, bullying may have been a contributing factor.” He said the boy had been the victim of mockery and had been subjected to “play fighting involving wrestling moves,” TBS reported.

The school has announced plans to survey all students again in an attempt to ascertain the scale of the problem. It plans to make the results of the questionnaire public in mid-September.

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