A 19-year-old man was arrested in Kobe on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting and injuring the second daughter of the 31-year-old woman with whom he was living.
According to police, on May 20, the 5-year-old girl was taken to a doctor who informed the Kobe Child Welfare Center of the possibility that she was suffering from abuse, after discovering that she had sustained broken ribs and that her body was covered in bruises. The center in turn informed the police on Wednesday, at which point the nature of the alleged assaults came to light.
The testimony of the woman's other children led to the man's arrest. The man began living with the woman and her four children in March of this year. The woman's eldest son, aged just 8, and eldest daughter, aged 7, both told police they had witnessed the man punching and kicking their sister since April.
The children's mother was quoted by police as saying: "I had no idea any mistreatment had been taking place."© Compiled from news reports