Police in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old woman for abusing her 10-year-old son by using a hot lighter to burn his buttocks and other parts of his body.
According to police, on Jan 7, the boy was rushed to the hospital after his mother said he fell down the stairs and sustained a cranial injury, TV Asahi reported Saturday.
Hospital staff found burn marks and bruises on the child and informed police who questioned the boy's parents. The mother, Akiko Nakao, was quoted by police as saying that since October 2013, she had often burned the boy with a hot lighter to discipline him because he would throw away food he didn't like.
Police said they believe the boy was abused on a regular basis by his mother.© Japan Today