Mother arrested for suffocating 2-year-old son

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

YOKOHAMA — March 31st, 2016

Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old woman on suspicion of murdering her 2-year-old son.

Ryoko Tsukamoto is accused of suffocating her son Kohei at the family’s apartment in Yokohama’s Kita Ward on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported.

According to investigators, Tsukamoto turned herself in to the police at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, saying that she had killed her son by suffocating him, Fuji TV reported. Tsukamoto’s husband was at work at the time.

Police said Tsukamoto has so far given no motive for her actions.

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Father, son dead; another son in coma after murder-suicide attempt

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


A 60-year-old man and his son, in his 40s, were found dead in their apartment in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday, police said. The man’s younger son, in his 30s, was also found in a coma. All three had suffered knife wounds to the stomach.

Fuji TV reported that police received a call at around 12:15 a.m. Friday, in which the male caller said, “I’ve killed my father and older brother and I’m going to kill myself, too.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the apartment locked. After gaining entry into the apartment, they found the older man and his oldest son already dead. The second son was still alive and taken to hospital where he remains in a coma.

Police believe the younger son may have stabbed his father and older brother and then himself. A bloodied knife was found beside the younger brother, police said.


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42-year-old man arrested for attempting to strangle 6-year-old son to death

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


Police in Yokohama said Monday they have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to murder his 6-year-old son.

Shunsuke Okudera, an office employee, is suspected of attempting to strangle his son to death at their home at around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Fuji TV reported.

Okudera’s mother, who lives with them, called 110 reporting her grandson had been strangled by her son. When police arrived at the residence, the son was lying on the floor in the living room. Okudera admitted to the charge and was arrested at the scene.

Police said the boy is in a coma.

So far, Okudera has not said anything to police about why he attacked his son.

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Woman, ex-boyfriend blame each other over death of 6-year-old daughter

Posted on May 23, 2014. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , |

YOKOHAMA — May 21, 2014

A 29-year-old woman and her 31-year-old ex-boyfriend blamed each other over the death of the woman’s 6-year-old daughter in their trial at the Yokohama District Court on Tuesday.

In 2013, police arrested Yukie Yamaguchi and her ex-boyfriend, Ryuichi Yatsui, for allegedly burying the body of the woman’s daughter, Airi, in a forest in Yokohama, in 2012.

The court heard that Airi was registered to attend an elementary school, but when she didn’t show up on the first day of school in February 2013 year, the school asked to see her, but Yamaguchi refused. The school then contacted the child consultation center who reported the incident to police, TBS reported.

The remains of Airi’s body were discovered in April, 2013, based on Yamaguchi’s confession.

The court heard that Yamaguchi and Yatsui buried Airi’s body, TBS reported. Yatsui testified that Airi died after Yamaguchi hit and kicked her to discipline her, but Yamaguchi said that Yatsui also used to hit Airi.
Yamaguchi cried as Yatsui testified that he saw her hitting Airi at the dinner table, TBS reported.

Yatsui said they both decided to bury Airi’s body in the forest.

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Man gets 3 years for causing brain damage to 5-month-old daughter by shaking her violently

Posted on December 26, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

 DEC. 26, 2012  YOKOHAMA —

The Yokohama District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 32-year-old man to three years in prison for causing his 5-month-old daughter serious brain damage by violently shaking her.

The court heard that Sho Nishikawa was at home alone with his daughter Kairi in Yokohama’s Sakae Ward on March 22 last year, TBS reported. When his wife returned home, Kairi, who was usually healthy, did not stop crying all night.

Medical checks revealed that she had sustained brain damage, most likely caused by being violently shaken. Police consulted several medical experts and began to assemble a case against Nishikawa, who was alone with Kairi at the time of the incident which caused her injuries. He admitted to the charge and said he shook his daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Police said Kairi continues to suffer from a range of medical problems as a result of her injuries and requires full-time care.

Prosecutors had called for Nishikawa to be jailed for five years.

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15-year-old girl jumps to death from Yokohama school building

Posted on April 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Apr. 12, 2012 -YOKOHAMA —
Police said Wednesday that a 15-year-old girl jumped to her death from the 5th floor of a school building in Yokohama.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Tamagawa Gakuen, TBS reported. A teacher witnessed the girl climb over the railing and jump. The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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20-year-old cop arrested for allegedly molesting girl in Yokohama

Posted on January 12, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Jan. 12, 2012 TOKYO —

A 20-year-old Kanagawa Prefectural police officer has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 16-year-old high school girl.

According to investigators, the suspect, identified as Yuki Kobayashi, came up behind the girl who was walking along a street in Yokohama’s Asahi Ward at about 11:30 a.m. The girl said he lifted up her skirt and touched her buttocks, TBS reported.

Kobayashi has admitted to the charge and said he did it on impulse, TBS reported. He said has has done the same thing many times before, police said.

A Kanagawa police spokesman said Kobayashi’s actions were unforgivable and said the police would do their best to make sure a similar incident never happens again.

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