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29-year-old woman goes on trial for killing 3 daughters

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A 29-year-old woman went on trial in Nagoya on Monday, for killing her three daughters aged 5, 3 and nine months, in 2022.

Himeka Toya of Ichinomiya City pleaded guilty but her defense team said that at the time, she was depressed and had no sense of right and wrong, nor any intent to kill, TV Asahi reported. Toya was indicted after three months of psychiatric examinations found her mentally responsible for her actions.

According to the indictment, Toya, was arrested on Feb 11, 2022, after her 34-year-old husband came home and found their three daughters dead. The bodies of the three girls — Himari, 5, Nanoka, 3, and Sakura, nine months — were found in the living room on the second floor of the house. All three had been strangled with an electric appliance cord.

Toya had also tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists and stabbing herself in the neck with a knife. Her husband told police that his wife had been in an unstable state of mind prior to the killings.

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And typical of JT they allow comments here that the Jury can potentially read swaying a decision.

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Her husband told police that his wife had been in an unstable state of mind prior to the killings

And what did he do about it? Was he part of the reason for her unstable state? A very sad incident.

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his wife had been in an unstable state of mind

giving birth to three children in five years will take its toll on a woman's body...  and her mind

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I can't imagine the trauma for the husband of coming home to that scene.

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Gallows awaits..

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Only a mentally disturbed mother is able to kill her children. She needs long-term psychiatric treatment not punishment. She has already received a life-sentence of soul-destroying guilt.

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Whose idea was it to have so many kids at a young age?

The husband?

The mental state of the wife has to be considered even though young lives were lost.

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And typical of JT they allow comments here that the Jury can potentially read swaying a decision.

Putting aside the fact that Japan doesn't have an American style jury system for the moment (its saiban-in system is quite different), I fail to see how anything anyone could possibly write in the comments here would in any way sway someone's views on a person who has brutally killed three defenceless young children.

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No doubt she has suffered. Only speculation but the husband probably didn't do much around the house to help. But with all this misery killing your children is and will be indefensible. She should go to jail.

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Post natal depression is a terrible disease that needs more press to allow women to get the help they need without feeling alone and helpless! This is a tragedy for all concerned!

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Poor children, that's not your faults. RIP!

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Post natal depression I thought was a bunch of hogwash until I experienced it myself. Crying for no reason, and this was throughout the day and day after day. I called the doctor, and he stated it was post-natal and there was nothing they could do that it had to ride itself out.

This woman had 3 small ones back-to-back if she had no in home help, her husband working, and she was drained I cannot imagine her life if she did indeed have this hormonal imbalance after she gave birth. Men you have no business commenting or judging because you don't experience the crap that women bodies put them through.

Prayers to the 3 little ones and the parents of these little ones.

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Will we ever understand what forces of darkness drove her to commit this horrendous crime? What could drive a mother to do this? For me it’s hard to fathom as I cannot comprehend someone wanted to do any harm to their own child.

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And typical of JT they allow comments here that the Jury can potentially read swaying a decision.

You give too much power to this small forum or are you jolking? I can not tell....

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grundToday  10:18 am JST

I can't imagine the trauma for the husband of coming home to that scene.

A very similar thing happened in NZ recently when a very recent (2 weeks) South African immigrant mother killed her 3 daughters.

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Was she having psychiatric "treatment" before she committed this ghastly crime? Her husband's statement makes it seem so. If this was the case, there must be an investigation. There are so many instances of this kind of killing after or during mental "treatment."

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Escape from reality can be costly if the plan did not work.

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Only the death penalty will suffice here. A precedent must be set to stop the slaughter.

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She went beyond the call of parental duty and she decided to destroy the lives of 3 precious human beings

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