Police in Odate, Akita Prefecture, have arrested a 19-year-old company employee on suspicion of abusing his two-month-old son.
According to police, the suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, violently shook his son several times at around 11:30 a.m. on Oct 10, Sankei Shimbun reported. The infant’s mother, who was in another room with the couple’s daughter, later noticed that her son had lost consciousness and called 119.
The baby was taken to hospital where doctors diagnosed him as suffering from an acute subdural hematoma. Suspecting physical abuse, the hospital notified a local child welfare facility which contacted police.
The suspect, who was arrested on Thursday, has admitted to the charge and police quoted him as saying he had become stressed through his work and child-rearing. The baby remained unconscious on Friday, police said.© Japan Today