Police in Mitoyo, Kagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he threw his 18-day-old son to the floor, causing the infant to suffer severe head injuries.
According to police, the incident occurred on June 15 at around 4:45 p.m. at the family’s home, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police said Yohei Ogawa threw his newborn son to the tatami floor, leaving him with a bone fracture and other injuries, and later took him to the hospital for treatment. Suspicious of domestic violence after medical examinations, hospital staff reported the case to the local police, which led to Ogawa's arrest on Tuesday.
Ogawa lived together with his 26-year-old wife and their two children, a 1-year-old daughter and their newborn son.
Ogawa was quoted by police as saying that he committed the crime because he was “enraged” by his wife’s words to him when he was unable to dress his son appropriately. He has denied having any intentions to kill his son, though, police said.
According to police, Ogawa was arrested twice earlier this year on separate charges, both related to domestic violence. In March, his wife reported that he had pointed a knife toward her, and in June, he was arrested for injuring his daughter after hitting her on the head and causing her to fall down.© Japan Today