A 3-year-old boy in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, was left at home bound at the ankles and wrists for almost a full day, police said Sunday. The boy's mother, 30-year-old Ruriko Nagai, and the man with whom she lived, Shinya Kaneko, 45, allegedly left the boy in a bedroom for around 20 hours bound by a rope which was attached to a 10-kg dumbbell.
He was discovered at his home by Nagai's 28-year-old brother who had come to visit on Saturday. Nagai was at home at the time and reportedly told her brother she only untied him to change his diaper. Her brother called the police that evening. When police visited the apartment on Sunday, the boy was found to have suffered from subcutaneous bleeding and other minor injuries as a result of the incident.
In a statement made to police, Nagai was quoted as saying: "Yes, he was injured, but if I let him walk around, he causes trouble for me, so I was teaching him discipline. We've done it before."
Police are investigating the possibility that the boy was bound regularly.© Compiled from news reports