An 8-year-old girl was stabbed in the head and stomach in Osaka on Monday afternoon and remains unconscious and in a critical condition, police said. A 32-year-old woman was arrested at the scene of the crime in Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward.
According to police, the girl was on her way home from school when she was attacked just outside her house at around 3 p.m. Neighbors heard screams and saw a woman, holding a knife, standing by the girl's body.
The suspect, identified as Setsuka Tamaki, remained at the scene until police arrived. Neighbors said that Tamaki had been standing at the spot since noon, smoking cigarettes all the time.
Police quoted Tamaki as saying she did not know the girl and that she has been incoherent during questioning. Police said the girl was separated from a neighbor woman who walked with her from school after picking up her own child.© News reports