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7-month-old boy dies from ruptured liver

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Police in Onojo, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Monday that a seven-month-old boy died at his mother’s apartment on Saturday due to a ruptured liver.

According to police, Arata Inoue's mother called 119 at around 1:20 p.m. and said Arata had lost consciousness, Kyodo News reported. Arata was confirmed dead at the scene. Police said an autopsy on Sunday revealed a ruptured liver due to chest compression and internal bleeding beneath the skin, and that the child had died at around 1 p.m.

Police said they are questioning the mother on suspicion of child abuse.

According to child welfare officials in Onojo, Arata and his sibling were classified as children requiring protection under the Child Welfare Law. Even before Arata’s birth, his mother was registered as an “expectant mother in need of extra support.”

Arata was living with his twin brother and mother at the time. Another older sibling was living in a separate residence due to the home being deemed an unsuitable child-rearing environment. The local Children’s Welfare Center had registered Arata as being in need of protection immediately after his birth.

Until April, welfare officials visited Arata’s home once a month and contacted his mother by phone. They claim that nothing suspicious was observed during the monthly visits.

Arata's mother was on maternity leave, police said.

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How does a liver get ruptured!

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How does a liver get ruptured!

By trauma, it is the most commonly solid organ inside of the abdomen that is injured by violence or accidents. A lot of time is reported just as "intraabdominal organ injuries".

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I'm so tired of reading about babies and toddlers dying from abuse.

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Appears some gov’t heads should roll as well. The mother failed to provide care and safety but the article also says, twice, “extra support, immediately needed. Where were the continued monitoring and services one month prior to the death?

*- “According to officials, Arata & his sibling were classified requiring protection under the Law. Even before Arata’s birth, mother was registered as an “expectant mother in need of extra support.” -*

*- “Another older sibling living in a separate residence due to the home being deemed an unsuitable child-rearing environment. The Welfare Center registered Arata as being in need of protection immediately after his birth.” - *

Here’s a contradiction, …. or attempt at a coverup for service supervisor negligence:

- “Until Apr, welfare officials visited Arata’s home once a month and contacted his mother by phone. They claim that nothing suspicious was observed during the monthly visits.” -

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How the hell are these people allowed to have children??? It should be one strike and you're done! Instead they usually have 5 or 6 and the cycle continues!

So sad for the child but probably saved him from a life of abuse!

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Another mother-of-the-year who will likely also go unpunished and be able to do it again before too long.

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Before we burn the mother at stake before knowing the facts, this could very well have been an accident, and we don’t have sufficient information.

The liver is the most commonly damaged organ from broken ribs and trauma to the torso.

Boxers going down from a body-blow are literally fainting because the liver was compressed and released toxins into the bloodstream.

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snowymountainhellToday  07:54 am JST

Appears some gov’t heads should roll as well. The mother failed to provide care and safety but the article also says, twice, “extra support, immediately needed. Where were the continued monitoring and services one month prior to the death?

- “According to officials, **Arata & his sibling were classified requiring protection under the Law. Even before Arata’s birth, mother was registered as an “expectant mother in need of extra support.**” -

- “Another older sibling living in a separate residence due to **the home being deemed an unsuitable child-rearing environment. The Welfare Center registered Arata as being in need of protection immediately after his birth**.” -

Here’s a contradiction, …. or attempt at a coverup for service supervisor negligence:

- “Until Apr, welfare officials visited Arata’s home once a month and contacted his mother by phone. They claim that nothing suspicious was observed during the monthly visits.” -

Quite so, those responsible should be named and prosecuted where appropriate.

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BeerDeliveryGuy

Today 09:40 am JST

Before we burn the mother at stake before knowing the facts, this could very well have been an accident, and we don’t have sufficient information

Well, that started off as a reasonable argument but then....

The liver is the most commonly damaged organ from broken ribs and trauma to the torso.

Boxers going down from a body-blow are literally fainting because the liver was compressed and released toxins into the bloodstream.

... we're talking about 7 month old baby. Not a boxer. And trauma sever enough to cause a damage liver would require a pretty serious 'accident', which probably could have been avoided if Mom had been paying attention. Of course, expecting her to properly supervise her children would be foolish considering the fact that she already had one child removed from her care apparently for the very opposite outcome.

This was clearly a failure of the system that is meant to protect children. Hopefully some official AND the mother will have their positions of responsibility eliminated.

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“Protection” means tokubetsu jidoteate for single parents. Mom gets a little extra money to supplement her part time income so she can look after her kids. It’s nice in theory but it doesn’t always work. They give financial support but don’t provide really any form of counseling or psychiatric support. Just a monthly visit for 20 minutes. Believe me. I was a single dad.

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Before we burn the mother at stake before knowing the facts, this could very well have been an accident, and we don’t have sufficient information.

From the article:

Even before Arata’s birth, his mother was registered as an “expectant mother in need of extra support.”

Speaks for itself. This was a disaster in the making from the get go. The mother should never have gone through with the pregnacy, or put the child up for adoption.

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This whole case stinks of negligence. It's clear the case workers assigned to this family were incompetent and failed in their duty to protect the kids and remove them from an unsafe environment. They should be fired and charged with criminal negligence.

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They remove the older sibling and leave her with the most vulnerable. Unbelievable

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I say arrest the people who are in charge of the The local Children’s Welfare Center. I can't believe allow the mother to continue having children in her home especially when an older sibling was living in a separate residence due to the home being deemed an unsuitable child-rearing environment. In the US if the Child Protection Service (CPS) goes to a home and a child dies because of neglect that social worker can get prison time for failure to monitor the home. There was a case where a mother and her bf beat a kid to death and CPS went to their homes or sometimes not at all. A investigation was done after the kid died and the family sued the agency on behalf of the deceased kid. The social workers went to prison because of failure to do their jobs and report accurately!

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Another epic failure. Not ok

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They claim that nothing suspicious was observed during the monthly visits.

They probably stayed for a few minutes, looked around and hit the road without really doing a thorough investigation.

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