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Man arrested for choking woman’s baby on train

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Police in Saitama have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he was caught choking a baby girl on the train because she was crying.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday on a train that was stopped at Omiya Station on the JR Kawagoe Line. The one-year-old baby on the train began crying and as her mother, 25, was trying to soothe her, the suspect, Kosuke Maeda, suddenly came over and began choking the baby, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Maeda was arrested on the spot by a policeman who happened to be on the same train.

The baby was not seriously hurt, police said.

Maeda was quoted by police as saying that he thought “the baby was suffering” and wanted to help. Maeda said he did not know the baby or her family personally, police said.

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he thought “the baby was suffering” and wanted to help

Ah, yes! Choking a baby is always helpful. Lock him up!

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More nutters coming out of the woodwork.

18 ( +19 / -1 )

I swear to god, lots of Brave men here doing brave things.

So very true!

My daughter had her son in a stroller on the train, it was not crowded at all and she had moved to an area that had no people, as she was getting off in two stops. This lady comes over and starts kicking the stroller and trying to kick the baby, so my daughter is doing the best to protect him, but the lady had them cornered, no one on the train did anything, so finally my daughter knocks the woman in the head and pushes her back. The lady just started to go berserk., the train pulled into the train station and my son-in-law who was waiting on the platform happened to see this and went on to get the lady off, he forcefully removed her and then called the cops. They came and took them all to the police station across the street, and after an hour or so, the lady admitted she was having a bad day, and that yes, she did do it. But the police would not press any charges, because my daughter had used force to protect her child! What was she supposed to do, let her go to town on them the whole ride, and then apologize for the stroller hurting the woman's foot? Ridiculous, sometimes, police are worthless, and like you implied, there is a lack of brave men, or women for that matter!

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Oh and one more thing..kudos to the policeman who acted quickly.

16 ( +16 / -0 )

Seems like mental problems!

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I swear to god, lots of Brave men here doing brave things.

Targetting young girls, old people, kids.. and now apparently even a baby, who was accompanied by only the mother. I would bet anything that this psycho wouldnt have done anything had the father been there.

My wife always gets attacked by weirdos or Psychopaths (following her around, tapping her on shoulder and mocking her, bumping to her on purpose, and on one occassion a lady grabbed her by the hair)

but nothing ever happens if I am with her.

These brave men are scum of Japan. If I was there and someone came to choke my crying one year old daughter, I am going to Jail.

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Many years ago, when my daughter was a babe in arms, my wife and I went to an O-Bon fireworks display. Making our way back to the station afterwards, we got into a bit of a contretemps with a shiny-suited arsehole, who, having apparently never having been in a crowd before, full-on shoulder-jostled my wife and papoosed infant daughter out of his way.

Not the kind of involuntary jostle you get on the train, when a crowd of people behind you surge forward; this was a wilful, get-out-of-my-way assault on what he thought was a couple of unaccompanied females. He didn't know there was six foot of Englishman in full New Dad mode one step in front .

I will bet every penny I ever earn that he has been a little more chivalrous since that little misstep.

There is a certain type of inadequate which considers assault on someone who is busy nurturing life, to be a vindication of his own inability to ever attract a partner.

This kind of inadequate needs to be re-educated. One way or another.

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I once was attacked by a woman on the train. I wasn't even facing her. She just kicked me in the back of the leg and I almost fell down cuz my leg buckled. But I knew as a gaijin had no chance if the police got involved, so I just looked at her and said "baaaga". She freaked out and I got off at the next stop.

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It would seem to me this guy is lucky there was a police around. There are a lot of people that would not take such a thing lightly upon seeing it.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Good grief. I hope he has a mental health assessment.

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I'm looking forward to hearing what the guy has to say for himself. I'm willing to bet it will be one of these three:

A: "I was drunk"

B: "I've been under a lot of stress at work"

C: "I wanted to find out what it would be like to kill a baby"

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Maeda was quoted by police as saying that he thought “the baby was suffering” and wanted to help.

by choking her to death? Don't do anyone no favors pal. Go to Jail. Do NOT pass GO. Do NOT collect 200 dollars.

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Choking a baby girl on the train because she was crying. and he thought “the baby was suffering” and wanted to help. OK well this guy needs to go on a first aid course, top tip Maeda san when a baby cries don't strangle it! its in distress or something, it does not need chocking to death

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at least it was a train and not a plane. 

I recently bought a noise cancelling headphone (WI 1000X) for long flights. It works amazingly well, shutting off all noises from jet engines or baby crying. Sometimes simple technology can help.

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at least it was a train and not a plane. crying babies on planes and you can't get off. they guy should just take the next train, or the mother.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Psycho!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Unbelievable! Not only should he go to prison, he should financially compensate this family, make it really hurt and make it stick.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Growing number psychopaths in Japan for sure, Good work by the policeman.

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What???!!!

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@Lokke - Targetting young girls, old people, kids.. and now apparently even a baby, who was accompanied by only the mother. I would bet anything that this psycho wouldnt have done anything had the father been there.

Yep! Japan has relatively low crime rates and is a relatively safe country - if you are a middle aged man. However, if you are a woman, child or elderly, there is an abundance of low-life cowards ready to take advantage of you.

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"Everyone get out of the way. Expert choker here. Step aside ma'am. Your baby will be fine." Initiates choking

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Oh god, a few years ago when my daughter was about 8 months old, I had her in the carrier and we were on the Yurakucho line coming home. I was sitting down with her in the priority seats (I was the only one in both sections) and this old man sat across from us and then started on a huge verbal tirade against me because my baby's feet were touching the seat. She wasn't wearing shoes (just socks, she couldn't walk) or anything but he just kept going on and on and on about it and was getting louder and more agressive so I just had to get off the train. No use taking chances when some beligerant old p***k is coming after me when my kid is around.

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Lock this nutter up -- he seems to be suffering himself.

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So scary for mom and baby, and others on the train, I'm glad they're ok! Attacking a crying infant is not the logical reaction of a sane person, it sounds like this guy has some mental issues I hope he gets treatment for. I hope he doesn't ride a train or bus again.

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Another reason we chose not to have our children in Japan - too many weird people that have it in for babies.

Recall the woman who used to pick up babies and break their hands a few yearsr ago.

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@ mochaeke Ive just googled "Bronx salute" haha nice one!

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Get him off the streets, put him in prison and throw away the key

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Very good job to the police and hope the infant was fine with damage to the throat.

Some serious messed up people in Japan these days.

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This guy should not see the outside of a prison for a good long time. Choking a baby?! I really thought I had heard everything but this is new and unfathomable. Nothing he says can even remotely justify touching an infant in a malicious way. I am in that train car and he gets two size-13 feet planted in his keester and several knuckle sandwiches. What the eff is wrong with some people?!

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> savethegaijinOh god, a few years ago when my daughter was about 8 months old, I had her in the carrier and we were on the Yurakucho line coming home. I was sitting down with her in the priority seats (I was the only one in both sections) and this old man sat across from us and then started on a huge verbal tirade against me because my baby's feet were touching the seat. She wasn't wearing shoes (just socks, she couldn't walk) or anything but he just kept going on and on and on about it and was getting louder and more agressive so I just had to get off the train. No use taking chances when some beligerant old p***k is coming after me when my kid is around

You did the right thing but you shouldn't have had to do that. I probably would have told him I am from the bronx and while he was pondering just why I was telling him that, I give him the old 'Bronx Salute.'

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Yep! Japan has relatively low crime rates and is a relatively safe country - if you are a middle aged man. However, if you are a woman, child or elderly, there is an abundance of low-life cowards ready to take advantage of you.

Japan is particularly safe even for women, children, and elderly.

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