A 14-year-old boy died after apparently being assaulted in a Chiba park on Monday night, police said Tuesday.
According to police, the fire brigade received an emergency call at around 7:30 p.m. from an unidentified person, reporting that there was a boy unconscious in a park in Wakaba Ward. The boy, who has been identified as Hiroki Saito, was found lying face up on a public bench. He was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead around an hour and a half later, police said.
Saito had sustained an injury to his left eye and was bleeding from the nose when he was found. Police said they found a group of four boys aged 14 to 16 in the park, and believe one of them made the phone call.
Police are currently trying to piece together the events that led to the boy's death.© Compiled from news reports