Police in Tokyo have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with hypertension drugs and other medicine.
According to police, Sachika Tabata, who was arrested on Tuesday, allegedly added high blood pressure medicine to her daughter Shion’s milk last Dec 29 at the family’s house in Meguro Ward, Fuji TV reported. Shion died of complications soon after.
Tabata has denied the charge and was quoted by police as saying she did not put any medicine in Shion’s milk bottle.
The baby was born underweight and was treated at a hospital after her birth until about a week before being taken back to her mother’s house.
The case came to light after an autopsy on Shion’s body showed traces of medicine which matched pills found at Tabata’s home.
At the time of Shion’s death, Tabata was living with her disabled mother who was taking prescribed medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. According to police, Tabata was in control of her mother’s medicines and had access to them.
Police believe that Tabata was aware of the harm that the medicines could do to her daughter and are questioning her on why she laced her daughter’s milk with the drugs.© Japan Today