Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, said Sunday that a 35-year-old woman and her three children, aged 2, 6 and 7, fell to their deaths from the 14th floor of an apartment block.
According to police, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday. TBS quoted police as saying that the family did not live in the building but resided about two kilometers away, and believe the mother may have thrown the children to their deaths first and then jumped.
Police said they received a call from a passerby saying that four persons had apparently fallen from an apartment complex.
Police rushed to the scene and found the bodies of Kyoko Kozu, 35, her 7-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. The mother's body was found on the ground, with the two older children on top of the entrance roof, while the two-year-old was found stuck in branches of a nearby tree. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Police said they found a bag containing Kyoko's belongings on the 14th floor stairwell.
Kyoko's 32-year-old husband was at work at the time of the incident and police said they are questioning him about what might have motivated his wife to kill herself and their children.© Japan Today