Police on Wednesday arrested a man over the death of a 2-year-old boy in Hino last Sunday. According to police, the boy was found dead in his home where he was under the care of Reo Amakumo, 28, his mother's boyfriend. Police said the boy had numerous bruises on his forehead and body at the time of his death.
Amakumo began living with the boy's mother at the beginning of this month. The woman had just started a job which kept her out of the house for long periods of time, police said. Police believe Amakumo punched the child several times during her absence, causing the boy's death.
During police questioning, Amakumo admitted to punching the boy in the face and was quoted as saying: "I used to punch him if he didn't tidy up."© Compiled from news reports