Police in Yokohama said Tuesday they have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of abusing the two-year-old son of his 25-year-old girlfriend with whom he lived.
The suspect, Masamune Miyoshi, an engineering worker, was arrested on Oct 15 for beating his girlfriend. Police rearrested him on Monday on the child abuse charge.
According to police, Miyoshi and his girlfriend and her son started living together at the end of August. He has admitted beating the child regularly from early September until Oct 3 at their apartment in Hodogaya Ward, police said. Fuji TV reported that the boy suffered injures that will take about six months to heal.
On Oct 3, Miyoshi and his girlfriend took the boy to a hospital and said he had injured himself after falling off a playground slide. Doctors suspected child abuse and notified the local child welfare center, which contacted the police.
Police quoted Miyoshi’s girlfriend as saying that he started beating her son about a week after they began living together because he wouldn’t go to sleep when told to. She said that when she tried to intervene, Miyoshi hit her, too.© Japan Today