Police in Masuda, Shimane Prefecture, have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend’s elementary school son, rupturing his eardrum.
Police said Tetsuomi Toyoda, a construction worker who was arrested on Monday, has admitted to assaulting the boy, local media reported.
According to police, Toyoda allegedly punched and kicked the boy inside his girlfriend’s car between 6:40 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The child suffered a rupture to his right eardrum and injuries to his knees. His mother was behind the wheel at the time.
Later on Sunday night, the child was seen walking the streets alone and taken into protective custody by police.
Police said they are questioning Toyoda and the boy’s mother to find out if one or both of them regularly abused the child.© Japan Today