A 23-year-old man from Satte in Saitama Prefecture, has been arrested over the death of the 2-year-old daughter of his 22-year-old girlfriend with whom he was living.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoshihito Nakazawa, allegedly committed several acts of assault on the infant, including punching her in the stomach on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the child lost consciousness in the bathroom and was rushed to hospital where she died a short time later.
Nakazawa was quoted by police as saying, "She wouldn't listen to what I said, so I did it to try and teach her some discipline."
An autopsy has been ordered to establish the exact cause of death.© Compiled from news reports