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23-year-old mother arrested over 10-month-old daughter’s death

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Police in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of parental neglect resulting in the death of her 10-month-old daughter.

According to police, Risa Konishi, currently of no fixed address, is accused of not feeding her daughter Suzuka enough while they lived in an apartment in Ichihara from Jan 3 to 25, Sankei Shimbun reported. She was also charged with failing to provide Suzuka with medical treatment.

Konishi’s husband, who had separated from his wife, placed an emergency call on Jan 25 and said: “My wife messaged me to say our child isn’t breathing.”

When paramedics arrived at the apartment, Suzuka was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. Although Suzuka had no visible signs of trauma on her body, doctors later determined that she had died from malnutrition and dehydration.

Police said Konishi at the time was also living with her eldest daughter, 5, eldest son, 3. The two other children did not have any issues regarding their physical health.

Konishi reportedly has a history of psychiatric treatment and was admitted to a health care facility in Chiba Prefecture immediately after the incident. She was arrested on Wednesday, following her discharge from the medical institution.

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This is murder. She will probably try to use the “I was tired” card or mental illness card to weasel her way out of it. She’s a murderer and needs to be severely punished as one.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

this is beyond horrific.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It is an horrific case. Once again, we don't know all the details but am pretty sure that this country needs more mental health checks and care.

Calling for young mothers to be brutalized is not addressing the problem.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Sounds like severe post-partum depression,

and since she was separated, there was no live-in extra support.

Not an excuse, but since the healthy children are not

starving, sounds like she gave up on caring for the infant.

It's still a heinous thing, but imo it seems the woman was not in total

control of her faculties.

And what is this constant thing on JT listing a mother as "unemployed"?

Since when is running a household and raising children considered "unemployed"?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Konishi’s husband, who had separated from his wife, placed an emergency call on Jan 25

Waitasecond. The guy made THREE children with her, the latest one just last year, and then SPLITS? If she had mental problems, even more reason to stay around, for the safety of the kids. This guy does not feel any responsibility at all?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

"Police said Konishi at the time was also living with her eldest daughter, 5, eldest son, 3. The two other children did not have any issues regarding their physical health."

Uh-oh! We've seen this before. That means she'll get a two-year, suspended sentence, with the judge saying her other children need her. RIP to the little girl -- that's at least one family murder story per day here this week.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Japan must get a handle on its mental health problem.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I hope she gets the death penalty. But she won't.

It's astonishing that people are desperate to kill the mentally ill.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Japan does not have a support system. The say they do, but the model is antiquated at best.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

23 years old with a 5 year old, 3 year old and 10 month. And "Unemployed", "with no fixed address" and "separated from husband"?? Something definitely wrong here. Where is the rest of the story? Where are her family members? Mother? Father? Siblings? Other Relatives? Friends? Social Services? Anyone?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Starve this woman to death so she could feel her baby's feelings while begging for milk, Hope they will lock her for 10 or more years ?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Some commenter stated that the mother deserves death penaly.

As for me, I think she needs to go through psychological treatment. With 2 young kids already, plus one baby, she was pretty stressed out.

Did she have support?

And how come the couple didn't have more birth control? They had 2 kids already, and had one more...Of course it's going to be difficult to raise them, even with husband together.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

All of her children should have been put up for adoption...or force dead beat impregnators to contribute in these cases...or jail them. RIP little one :(

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This one needs to have her tubes tied... and her deadbeat husband a knot tied in his.

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