78-year-old woman goes on trial for attempted murder of 9-year-old grandson


A 78-year-old woman pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her 9-year-old grandson at their home in Katori, Chiba Prefecture, in March, at the opening session of her trial on Thursday.

According to the indictment, Itsuko Takahashi tried to strangle the boy with a thin cord at around 9:10 a.m. on March 27, Kyodo News reported. The boy resisted the attack and fled from the house, with minor injuries.

After the boy fled, Takahashi called 110 and said she had tried to kill her grandson. Takahashi told the court that she wanted to die together with her grandson.

Takahashi’s defense said that she had been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. However, a psychiatric evaluation found her mentally fit to stand trial.

At the time of the crime, she lived in the house with her husband, their son and her grandchild.

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Wow! So many family murders in Japan. Kids killings parents and grandparents. Grandparents killing kids and grandkids. Japan is safe place until you go home.

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Most grandparents in Japan give their grandkids an overpriced faux leather randoseru bag, not try to kill them.

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Grandma must be tired of taking care of the boy.

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Well done wee fella for fighting the old cow!

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What a horrific, evil thing to try to do. Relieved to hear that the kid escaped.

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Wow, a grandma trying to kill the grandson is not something one expects to read.

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Grand mother is either not sane or evil.

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See, this why kids should be taught to fight, just in case you have to fend off granny.

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This sounds like a legitimate psychotic break. I can think of no other reason a grandmother would do such a thing. Too bad granny didn't get the mental health treatment she needed beforehand. I question the findings of the court regarding her competence. But I'm so glad the little boy got away, I hope he now gets the help he needs to process this trauma.

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