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.© Japan Today