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2 women arrested over death of 3-year-old girl

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Police in Konan City, Kochi Prefecture, have arrested a 27-year-old woman and her 23-year-old female friend over the death of the woman's 3-year-old daughter by suffocation.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on Dec 25, TBS reported Saturday. Police said the mother, Miho Emi, and Hitomi Yoshimura, who is her common-law husband's sister, bound the hands of Emi's daughter Rui with tape and then rolled her up in a futon.

After Rui lost consciousness, Yoshimura called an ambulance at around 4:50 p.m. Rui was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead due to suffocation, police said.

Police said there were no external injuries on Rui's body. The two suspects were quoted by police as saying they bound Rui to discipline her.

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"The two suspects were quoted by police as saying they bound Rui to discipline her."

The courts said the two women were hung by the neck to discipline them.

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This breaks my heart. RIP little angel.

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Discipline a 3 year old child? Such cruel monsters!

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"Stupid is as stupid does."

Saw this on the news yesterday and couldn't believe what I was hearing.

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There is a serious problem with childcare/child abuse and infanticide in this country; where is the public outcry? What is the government doing about it?

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There is a serious problem with childcare/child abuse and infanticide in this country

Is there really? Can you show the numbers to back up that claim?

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Cruelty and abuse are not discipline! They are cruelty and abuse! It is very common to read about, hear about and witness cruelty and abuse towards children in Japan. Ask some of your japanese friends about the kind of 'discipline' they used to get. I'll bet nearly all of them have been locked on a balcony or in a cupboard as some kind of twisted form of discipline. One of my friends told me her mother used bind her with tape like this poor little kid. It's just malicious cruelty. It is not discipline at all!

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Pure evil. Hell will show no forgiveness when they finally arrive there. Enjoy your 3 months in prison you monsters. I am not sure what the exact problem is with the attitude of Japanese towards children but child abuse and infanticide are rampant.

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I am not sure what the exact problem is with the attitude of Japanese towards children but child abuse and infanticide are rampant. Hey Strangerland I dont need numbers. Just have to hang around this site a bit.

Generally speaking, there are not many kids in the world who have it as good as the children of Japan do these days. For every story you find on this site about "child abuse and infanticide" in Japan , I will find you three from the US or the UK. Pretending that this is a particularly Japanese phenomenon would be in contrary to the facts. I know what igloo's motivation for doing so is, I wonder what yours would be.

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You don´t "discipline" a 3 year old by torturing her. Insane!

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I don't know which is worse. These two evil humans trying to kill the kid and then acting like it was an accident, or them being so stupid they thought it was a good idea to roll her up in a futon for two hours and while duct taped.

Poor kid. What a horrifying way to die.

If anybody deserves to be haunted for all eternity by an angry ghost, it's these two morons.

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Stupid people...hope they get life..poor little girl

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For every story you find on this site about "child abuse and infanticide" in Japan , I will find you three from the US or the UK.

I could provide links to some such stories but I wouldn't want to spoil everyone's New Year holidays.

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Hard to imagine the terror that poor little girl must have gone through on Christmas Day. If the mother has any kind of conscience at all, it must be extremely difficult for her to carry on with her life. She should be on suicide watch.

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Poor child, please lock these sick people up.

I think the rate of familicide and infanticide is higher in japan than nearby countries. When I lived in Korea, I would hear about it once in a while, but in Japan it's insane. There is something seriously wrong with the japanese. It's a shame that there is nobody addressing this huge problem of japanese culture, indoor smoking/second hand smoke? yeah, that's much more important than family members killing each other!

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I think the rate of familicide and infanticide is higher in japan than nearby countries. When I lived in Korea, I would hear about it once in a while, but in Japan it's insane. There is something seriously wrong with the japanese.

It's a serious failure in logic to equate the fact that you read more stories, with meaning that it's a bigger problem.

There are many reasons why the number of stories read may be disproportionate to the actual problem:

The editor may have a bias towards printing stories like this

There may be less news that is harsher, that would displace these stories in another country

The user may simply notice these stories more in contrast to other stories, than they would in a newspaper made up of different stories

The population may be larger than other countries in comparison, thereby having more overall incidents, even if less per capita than other countries

These are just a few reasons off the top of my head. That's why I ask if anyone has some actual real numbers to show it's a serious problem in this country, and/or that there is something wrong with Japan in this regards. Anecdotal evidence read on a single website does not qualify as evidence.

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hiding out/strangerland: You definitely hear of abuse and infanticide in the news in the UK and US (I would argue 'three times as much', but still), but in those countries it is calling a spade a spade: abuse and murder. You DO hear in such nations of 'accidents' like a parent shaking a child who won't stop crying and that child dying as a result, and of course of neglect, but you do NOT hear about the same levels of "I was disciplining" excuse for kids locked on balconies, put in washing machines or bound -- and you OFTEN hear about bound children here -- or locked to chairs for days, etc., resulting in death, nor do you hear the complete lack of sympathy or remorse by these moronic parents/step-parents/boyfriends, etc. Come on... they tied her up and rolled her up in a futon for discipline?? a three-year-old??

And you most certainly NEVER hear of the ludicrously light sentences that you do here for infanticide. I bet only one, if either of them, goes to prison, and only for a year or so.

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Now Japanese are going cruel day by day,they losing the humanity. This is very sad.

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Both will get a few years but deserve life.

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Japanese society is highly indulgent of the behavior of youngsters, so for these two subhuman women to say they did this to discipline the child doesn't hold water. What common red flags do we see, though? Common law husband, his sister, a (biological) mother who has a hard time finding another man and now wants the common law hub to like her (i.e., get rid of baggage (the girl), so she and S-I-L find a way to get rid of the kid and say, "well, we just wanted to discipline her." I'd bet money they also told police, "We had no intent to kill her," cuz they know the Japanese courts won't convict them for murder, that way. And then there's the Japanese court system and version of justice (read: joke).

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StrangerlandDEC. 28, 2014 - 05:48PM JST I think the rate of familicide and infanticide is higher in japan than nearby countries. When I lived in Korea, I would hear about it once in a while, but in Japan it's insane. There is something seriously wrong with the japanese. It's a serious failure in logic to equate the fact that you read more stories, with meaning that it's a bigger problem. There are many reasons why the number of stories read may be disproportionate to the actual problem: The editor may have a bias towards printing stories like this There may be less news that is harsher, that would displace these stories in another country The user may simply notice these stories more in contrast to other stories, than they would in a newspaper made up of different stories The population may be larger than other countries in comparison, thereby having more overall incidents, even if less per capita than other countries These are just a few reasons off the top of my head. That's why I ask if anyone has some actual real numbers to show it's a serious problem in this country, and/or that there is something wrong with Japan in this regards. Anecdotal evidence read on a single website does not qualify as evidence.

Fair enough, but your argument works both ways. What we in the public have to go on is the news media which is telling us there is problem enough that more be done. The last time there was a serious case of child abuse/murder in my country New Zealand 8 years ago there was a public outcry and new government policies were rushed through parliament to increase education and support for parents and greater monitoring observations by social/care workers and teachers etc. I have yet to see anything like this in Japan after living there for 15 years.

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There is a serious problem with childcare/child abuse and infanticide in this country

igloobuyer: There is a problem with childcare in just about every country I know of, and then some.

and you OFTEN hear about bound children here -- or locked to chairs for days, etc., resulting in death, nor do you hear the complete lack of sympathy or remorse by these moronic parents/step-parents/boyfriends, etc

smithiinjapan: In the U.S., it's terrible, but it often happens where children are found tied to poles like dogs, outside of big shopping centers, while their parents are inside shopping. You can also find many cases of babies and little children found starving in homes; severely malnourished. Just about every day an occurence like this happens. Yet to these parents, this is considered proper child raising. The ironic thing is that I would have to say that these types of neglect happens more often in developed countries than in developing nations.

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