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3-year old girl dies after abuse by mother's partner

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A man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of inflicting bodily injury resulting in the death of a 3-year-old girl, daughter of the 21-year-old woman he had been living with in Kawasaki since spring. Yudai Uematsu, 24, unemployed, admitted to the charge and said: “She wouldn’t stop crying and she never listened to anything we said…we were trying to discipline the child.”

Police said that the girl has been subject to physical abuse since summer, and there were also times when she wasn’t fed for up to three or four days, and suffered from malnutrition.

According to the investigation, the girl was kicked and punched in early November, and her internal organs were ruptured Tuesday morning. The woman called for an ambulance, but the girl died at hospital. One of the ambulance staff noticed bruises on the girl’s body and called police.

Police did not arrest the woman as she is soon to give birth to her third child, but they questioned her and forwarded the case to prosecutors.

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Yup... kickink, punching and not feeding a 3-year old child is one way to stop them from crying. Great to see the woman being set free. So how long is she going to be given until they decide whether they will charge her at all?

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Wow, how many times do I have to read stories like this before I disconnect the internet forever? I'm about to toss my computer into the river behind my house. Makes me sick, sick, sick... both individuals are total low-lifes... 21 and expecting her 3rd child? I really hope someone either educates this young woman or removes the children so they can grow up in a safe environment...

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Wow!! Very ghetto like behavior. The mother and the boyfriend are unemployed. Which means they have alot of free time abusing the child. Children cry when they are not properly fed or properly loved and cared for. If she is not charged now. She (should be) will be charged in the future. She shouldn't have children. I hope the government steps in and have custody of the child. My friend observe this situation all the time. She is a nursery school teacher. She always see this type of behavior. Ghetto people having ghetto children.Usually the ghetto woman is a baby making machine. Never using proper protection from having babies. My friend told me she has a student that is abused constantly with cigarettes and has burns on his back. The mother has 8 children. These types need to stop having children.

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Domestic Violence is rampant in Japan. I didn't know Japan had ghetto people. What kind of man would beat up a child ! He's a coward !!!

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What a moron. The excuse of "discipling a child" does not hold water either. At three years of age, children don't have the mental capacity to reason between what is right or wrong. As such, "disciplining" in this case is just another word for "abuse."

Point in case, if you took this chap overseas and subjected him to a similar regime (orders issued in a foreign language, etc.) the net result would be the same. He would understand (like a 3 year old) and would suffer the results. I just hope that the police in this case take a firm view with regard to discipling this chap.

Finally, what is it with some parents/guardians of children in this country. Young, unemployed and ignorant. This is a recipe for disaster as the current case points out.

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Notice the convenient use of the word "We". Make sure you don't go down for this alone. But if gud ol" mom (21 years old and expecting child #3) had anything to do with this, she should go down with you, you piece of crap!!

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MemyselfI,

What is your definition of "ghetto people"? You seem to use quite often in your comments like you just learned the expression. You mean poor people? You can be rich, live in a nice area and abuse your children. You do understand that, right?

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Police did not arrest the woman as she is soon to give birth to her third child

But, she will be arrested and the third child taken off her immediately after birth, right? I'd like to get the pair of these scumbags and starve, kick and punch them till their organs ruptured. Let's see if they can stop crying!

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Ignorance transcend socioeconomic stratospheres. The guy is ignorant and the mother even more so for allowing it to happen to her child.

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Ignorance transcend socioeconomic stratospheres. The guy is ignorant and the mother even more so for allowing it to happen to her child.

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horrible story. was the three year old her first or second kid? Lord have mercy on the other two.

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Makes me feel sick. Japan needs to increase it's social services and inspectors. This kind of abuse is all we seem to read these days... Something is wrong, so very wrong..

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yes in japan it very sick now ...

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I thought these kind of things only happen third world country!! why japanese family is so eager for babies always and even they think of their economic condition

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I do fault the parents for their actions but where was family/social services? Also the Japanese police? What are they doing? Great work as always as we lose another youth to abusive parents!

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indiboy,

I think things like this rarely happen in third world countries. It's the decadent countries where people are too involved in seeking fun and gratifying themselves to be bothered with taking care of children.

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no point throwing my 2 cents in anymore. Sad and I feel for all abused kids here... question really is; is it simply a 20 yr cycle over and over...

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techall. I believe that is the reason.

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Single 21 year old, preparing to shoot out child #3. Involved in the death of her 3 year old, but not arrested because she is pregnant. I say treat her like a stray cat and have her spayed, then lock her up for a while.

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Grab that infant at birth ,sterilze the"mother" toss her and the scum she mated with out a moving(fast!(LOCOMOTIVE} Give me five minutes with this vermin!END OF STORY!

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At three years of age, children don't have the mental capacity to reason between what is right or wrong.

Timorborder, I don't think you give credit to three year olds and their ability. Talking from experience, I find that children of this age CAN be disciplined in certain fields; e.g to eat at the table, don't speak with your mouths full, put your hand over your mouth when coughing etc. Typically this takes patience, and a consorted effort by both parents over a period of time. That and the fact that kids of this age copy their parents behaviour in every way, it seems in this case that both parents were shocking role models and retorted to abuse to curb the childs 'disciplinary issues'.

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Petty for munchkin no. 3 to be born into such a "family".

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Please define discipline. - Is it beating a child until it submits to the demands of the parents? Is it hitting a child repeatedly for making an uninformed choice? Or, is it pointing out what is wrong and educating the child to not behave in such a manner? - No person has the right to discipline another until they can discipline themselves. Nobody has the right to hit another. This stupid belief people have about hitting children as a form of discipline is so wrong in so many ways. If you hit a child for speaking with its mouth full, what does the child learn? - My father is an bumhole that will hit me? What a great lesson target!

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Just to add a bit of fuel to the discipline point.....

Parents in England and Wales who smack their children hard enough to leave a mark can be jailed for up to five years.
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memyselfI - You use the term Ghetto a lot. Do you know what you are talking about. Child abuse is not from the Ghetto. Beating your kids to death is not a common occurrence in the Ghetto. So let’s just change what we say a little bit.

What I am not sure about is the statement "Ghetto people having ghetto children. Usually the ghetto woman is a baby making machine. Never using proper protection from having babies." The child was abused by the mother and her boyfriend. I am not sure but I didn't read anywhere where it stated that they are Ghetto.

A Ghetto is a section of a city occupied by a minority group who live there especially because of social, economic, or legal pressure.

So by this definition she is not ghetto or from the ghetto. It is a tragedy what happed to the little girl. Social services should take the rest of her kids away so that no other children get hurt.

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What kind of mother would do this to her child ?

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sterilize the both of them

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This country needs a massive psychiatric therapy session..., i would like to recomend to the goverment, please take one or two weeks, but please find some psychiatrist and psychologist and check all the people as possible..., because "YOU" are getting really "MAD".

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So sad and both should be ashamed on their deeds and pray God for mercy on them.

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Good explanation CMEANDU, some people just use terms because they have heard others use it. Personally, I like to understand the meaning behind a term or expression before putting it to use, that way I don’t sound ignorant.

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Well put CMEANDU, well put! Ignorance is bliss.....

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for some, it is funny to me that people are that ignorant.

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I think the big problem here in Japan seems to be this Idea that it's OK to strike a child, infant, toddler anywhere on the head, face, body...etc... and at any age...

Common sense dictates that you don't hit young kids under 3 or 4 PERIOD... But if you really need to, you spank them on the fatty part of their ass with your open hand... NEVER KICK or PUNCH.... (What a real piece of work this loser...)

JN parents, esp the males, commonly hit and smack their their kids on the head & face... It's ridiculous ... There's this believe that the superior father figure has a right and duty to hit their kids on the head for discipline...

Next time I witness one of these scum bags laying a finger on a kid, you're going to read about in the evening news....

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"Partner"? Whatever it is supposed to mean, isn't it demeaning to the person to whom it refers and to the readership?

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The emotional state of most japanese is stuck at 12. So kids should not raise kids.

CMEANDU26 i think he means Ghetto = whole Japan?

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another one on the way to smack around when you feel irritated. just peachy.

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Lock her up, and she can have birth of her baby in jail. By the time trial will be listed and than hearing, baby will be older, and should be placed on fosters care. Father and mother should get life sentence and never sent free. Children can be disciplined with very simple methods and not with crimes act.

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One wonders whether the natural father would have been so violent to the girl? I surmise not.

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Another product of Japanese sex education I see. In other countries, women are at least given a choice; either protect yourself or risk the consequences. In Japan women are given the choice of killing your baby or giving up your professional life forever. Prevention doesn't seem to be a big thing here. Also hitting seems to be very common, because kids are learning it from somewhere, I see 3 year olds hitting their moms all the time and I never see the mom grab the kids hand with a strong grip, look them in the eyes, and say "STOP". Moms let the kids control them. This morning at the preschool I work at one of the new kids refused to come in, and actually ran down the steps and outside, and the mother was out there for at least 20 minutes talking to him, trying to "reason" with him!

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The pill is available for those women who want it. Though it eventually messes her hormones up and makes her 'boyish.'

Giving up a professional career? What did you have in mind? Isn't it more the case that the women are forced to work. I know of lots of ladies who wish they could get married and have kids and be a housewife rather than working outside. I know of more of this type than the type who want a professional career indefinitely. - And it is a matter of either and not both.

I see little kids abusing their mothers and I always think If I were the father and I knew about it the little brat would soon mend his ways. - My kids wouldn't dream of doing that.

It's so sad to see little toddlers crying because they want to be at home in familiar surroundings with their family and things rather than carted-off to a nursery or a kindergarten because the mother is forced to work outside the home. It's difficut for the little ones to understand that they are basically in-the-way as far as society is concerned, though they are of course loved as a member of the family.

Having kids is something which needs a mother at home in my opinion. But society has been engineered so that the children are more and more influenced by politics which wish to assume the role of parent and the biological parents are seen merely as people who feed and cloth them and raise them for the government.

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Throw both of them in jail, take her kid and have it adopted into a loving home and then hang the pair of them!

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Actually CMEANDU, the word "ghetto" has a longer history than that. The term for a poor area of a city is not the original use of the word. So, to say that someone is ignorant for mis-using the term, as theguy puts it, is ignorance itself. That of course is not to say memyselfandhim is not ignorant.

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mindovermatter, it's sad but true and it's widespread in the rest of Asia too. I think it's to do with the idea of seeing children as property, which still persists to this day.

The only positive outcome of this story is that child 2 and soon to be born child 3 may have been spared the same fate.

mael, the side effects of the pill have been greatly reduced with the invention of the mini-pill and I'm pretty certain turning 'boyish' was never one of them.

Moderator: Readers, no further discussion of the pill, please. It is not relevant to this thread.

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this it is really the japan culture.

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MeanRingo - Not sure where you getting your definition from. But every dictionary and encyclopedia states that a ghetto is:

A ghetto is an area where people from a specific ethnic background, culture, or religion live in seclusion, voluntarily or more commonly involuntarily with varying degrees of enforcement by the dominant social group. The first ghettos were established to confine Jewish populations in Europe. They were surrounded by walls, segregating and so-called "protecting them" from the rest of society. In the Nazi era these ghettos served to confine, and subsequently exterminate Jews in massive numbers.

Today the term ghetto is used to describe a blighted area of a city containing a concentrated and segregated population of a despised minority group. These concentrations of population may be planned, as through government-sponsored housing projects, or the unplanned result of self-segregation and migration. Often municipalities will build highways and set up industrial districts around the ghetto to further isolate it from the rest of the city. The continued existence of ghettos in many parts of the world is a blight upon humanity that requires resolution.

So there is no ignorance on my part. People might think that they know the meaning of the word but they have been using the wrong way for a long time.

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she's 21 yrs old with a 3yrs old daughter so it means that she was 18 when she gave birth. wow! She is now pregnant so she's above the law. wow! Partner is 24yrs old, unemployed and trying to be a father by using apes disapleanary rules by kickin nd punchin a child. Wow! Japan government gotta do something to help some cittizents with their mental health issues. This couples had NO commonsense, knowledge, observation and finance on how to raise a child.

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I think the big problem here in Japan seems to be this Idea that it's OK to strike a child, infant, toddler anywhere on the head, face, body...etc... and at any age...

This is made worse by so-called comedians on the TV hitting each other over the head in search of entertainment. The notorious ou-bei-ka skit for instance, which is copied up and down the country by ill-informed kids at pre-school.

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This "mother" should also be put in jail! She is having kids with any looser that will do her? Her "partner" ends up killing her 3 year old daugher? Her partner is an un employed looser? She won't be put in jail because this stupid "mother" is ready to have her 3rd kid? What a mess! Her 3rd kid shoud be immediately taken away from her or at least make sure that while she is in jail she can not get pregnant ever again! I feel so sorry for that defenseless little 3 year old victim.

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....the girl was kicked and punched in early November, and her internal organs were ruptured...What had this 3 year old girl done to deserve this.. their guardian must had a very serious case of bad mental jokes...nutter..hahaha..really need to put a bullet in their head...

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