Police in Sakai, Osaka, have arrested two men on suspicion of abusing a one-year-old boy in their care by allegedly scalding him.
The two men, Shoma Marumoto, 21, a company employee, and Hideto Nukui, 23, are both from Sakai, Sankei Shimbun reported. They were arrested on Monday. Police did not say if they have admitted to the charge or not.
According to police reports, the two abused the boy, who was the son of a mutual female acquaintance between 5 to 7 a.m. on May 12 at the woman’s apartment in Osaka City. The boy suffered burns on his face, stomach and legs.
At the time, the boy’s mother was out of the apartment for work. She asked Marumoto and Nukui, who come to hang out at her residence, to look after her son.
Marumoto was quoted by police as saying: “I was giving the boy a bath when he was accidentally scalded by the hot water.”
However, police the injuries on the child’s body suggest that a hot object was also pressed against his skin.© Japan Today