Police in Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his 4-month-old daughter.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Shinya Yamagata, called 119 at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and said his daughter Mugi had choked while drinking milk and was not breathing, Fuji TV reported.
When firefighters arrived at the apartment, Mugi was in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
However, police said that doctors noticed bruises on Mugi's back and stomach. A further examination revealed she also had a fractured skull.
On Thursday, police arrested Yamagata who was quoted as saying he beat Mugi between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. because she wouldn't stop crying, but that he didn't mean to kill her.
Yamagata lived with his wife and his wife's older sister. His wife was working at a supermarket, while her sister was also out for the morning.© Japan Today