Police in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, have arrested a 31-year-old unemployed man for beating his girlfriend’s then 10-month-old daughter last September.
Police said the infant suffered a fractured skull and there were multiple bruises on her body, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police said the man, Yuto Mizutani, moved in with the child’s mother last spring. The assault occurred at around 12:30 a.m. on Sept 17 at their apartment in a municipal housing complex. At the time, the mother was out shopping and immediately called an ambulance upon returning home.
The hospital contacted the chid welfare center about a case of possible child abuse.
According to police, Mizutani has admitted to the charge. He was quoted as saying, “I became angry when the child continued to cry and slapped her on the head. After that, I was holding her when I dropped her on her head.”
Police said Mizutani also said: “Since [the baby] did not take a liking to me, I’ve hit her before.”© Japan Today