Police in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his 10-year-old daughter by shaking her by the neck and forcing her to take a cold shower.
According to police, Yuichiro Kurihara abused his daughter Mia between 10 a.m. and 11:20 p.m. Thursday at which point he called 119 and said his daughter was in the bathtub and not moving, Fuji TV reported.
Police said Mia was found in the bathtub, fully clothed. She was confirmed dead at the scene.
Kurihara, who was arrested on Friday, was quoted by police as saying he was angry at his daughter’s attitude toward life. He said he had put her in the bathtub and turned on the cold water from the shower. He also told police he pulled her by the hair, grabbed her by the neck and shook her.
Police said there were traces of several bruises on Mia’s body and suspect that she had been regularly abused by her father.
Kurihara lived in the apartment with his 31-year-old wife and another daughter, aged one. Police are questioning the wife about what happened to Mia and whether or not she has been complicit in her abuse.
The principal at Mia’s school said Kurihara called on Jan 7 to say she wouldn’t be coming to school in January because she was visiting relatives in Okinawa.© Japan Today