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71-year-old woman arrested over murder of disabled daughter

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Police in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, have arrested a 71-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her disabled 44-year-old daughter in June. 

According to police, the woman, Ryoko Yamamoto, also attempted to kill herself, Fuji TV reported. Police said that on June 13, Yamamoto took her daughter Emi to a lodging facility. Sometime that night or early the next morning, she drowned Emi in the bathtub.

After Yamamoto and her daughter hadn’t checked out by 10:30 a.m. on June 14, an employee of the facility found Emi’s fully-clothed body in the bathtub and her mother on the floor, groaning in pain, and called 110.

Emi was declared dead at the scene, while her mother was hospitalized after having taken an overdose of pills.

Police waited until Yamamoto recovered before questioning her. On Wednesday, she was quoted by police as saying she wanted to ease her daughter's suffering and die together with her.

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Another tragedy. Japan really needs a charter for carers.

Alas, no trough, no snouts.

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That is so sad on so many levels. really really sad

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Can they possibly punish her any more than Life already has, can her desperation be made even deeper by imprisoning her among cruel and unsympathetic people by cruel and unsympathetic people? Maybe we could beat her everyday, as well... just trying to touch what must be her state of mind sends me down into a black pit of absolute despair and I cry...

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Unsurprisingly, the sympathy party has already started for this "mother."

There's no details other than the daughter was disabled. Disabled with what? It doesn't say the daughter was suffering from excruciating pain or the like. And even if that was true, how does that justify the daughter being drowned in cold blood?

The fact that we keep reading about these incidents indicate something very troubling going on with Japanese society that excuses murder.

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The fact that we keep reading about these incidents indicate something very troubling going on with Japanese society...

What role might empathy have in addressing this?

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SAD, heartbreaking, and somewhat understandable.

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@oldman_13 The fact that we keep reading about these incidents indicate something very troubling going on with Japanese society that excuses murder.

Haven't been paying attention to the American press the last few years, huh? We not only EXCUSE MURDER, but give the perp a two-week PAID vacation!

44 years of caring for a beloved but helpless child and becoming physically incapable of continuing to do so and WHO, exactly, will relieve this poor woman's burden and care for her child as she has?? Who will love her child as FORTY-FOUR YEARS of care demonstrate she has? What INSTITUTION would she see her daughter committed to with what level of care? Being (or sounding) only 13, I can understand your apparent naivete so must forgive it but, really, learn of the anguish and desperation that so many of our fellow Humans suffer today and, perhaps, but only perhaps, you will learn the depths of despair and desperation into which a Human can be driven. I hope it is never your direct experience to learn.

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This kind of events go beyond what the laws can do. It is a human tragedy. The laws are irrelevant

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