Police in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 23-year-old woman over the death of her two-month-old daughter who died after being left in a car for 5 1/2 hours.
According to police, the woman, Rie Ogawa, left her daughter in the child seat in the back of her car when she returned home at around 10 a.m. Thursday, Fuji TV reported. The car was in the apartment parking lot until 3:30 p.m., with the child in the back the whole time.
Police said the temperature on Thursday reached a high of 25.7 degrees but the car’s windows were rolled up. They said the child died of heatstroke.
Ogawa was quoted by police as saying she forgot her daughter was still in the car. When she remembered she had left her in the car, she called 119 and said her daughter was in the car and not breathing.
Police have not released any further information on what Ogawa was doing during the day.© Japan Today