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Mother suspected of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs

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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.

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Don't care what anyone says, I don't see this kind of story in similar size nations - infanticide is the hidden tragedy of Japan.

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I wonder how disabled the grandmother was, she could be guilty? Just saying.

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On the Japanese news, they reported that the mother had said raising her child was a burden (めんどくさい), or maybe the child was in the way (邪魔) - I don't remember which it was (I saw it this morning).

Don't care what anyone says, I don't see this kind of story in similar size nations

So you would rather go with a feeling, than actually base your position on facts. Got it.

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Child abuse is child abuse whether it's a two month old baby or a 17 year old girl. It's all related! Children are a gift, not a burden!

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Strangerland: "All the Japanese I know would agree."

Would you agree that the many we read about do not? Or will you fall on the usual narrative and suggest they care, and this is PPD or something and "not their fault"?

Lock this woman up for life, please. There are lots of people who are stressed out from child-rearing, and while there is a lack of support I certainly don't deny, the majority of parents young and old manage to find help without murdering their children. There should be no pity for this woman. Only pity for the victim (not the woman!) and perhaps the other family members.

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Would you agree that the many we read about do not?

People in the news are in the news precisely because they have done something outside the norm. People who end up in news articles for crimes can hardly be considered the norm of a country.

I'd agree that many people in the world do not think of their child as a gift, and think of them as a burden. I'd hardly consider it to be a Japanese thing.

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Lets be realistic

Stay true to your name please. Infanticide is not a Japanese problem, it's a worldwide problem with MANY MANY countries who have a higher rate of infanticide.

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It is true I do not read much on parents murdering children outside Japan, because this is mostly nation-oriented site and I do not visit other sites for reasons, so I can not provide any insight on the matter worldwide. But the horrors I am reading monthly, if not weekly, here, are as clear as the sky - Japan has major, gravely issues with morality, and the reported new ways of crossing the border (poisoning the nutritions for an infant? Is that a first time in the history of mankind?) are quite... deeply disturbing.

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After delivery and for a relative short period of time an incredibly intense bonding develops between mother and child, but proximity is usually required for complete success.

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"an incredibly intense bonding develops between mother and child"

Tell that to the mothers who hate their own children. The caring-sharing "earth mother" is a myth that is well and truly busted!!

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@letsberealistic - Can you provide statistics of empirical data to back up your claim? This happens in other countries as well. If you have factual data I would be quite interested in seeing it.

If it is a fact that the mother said the daughter was mendokusai that is quite damning.

@Smith - I do feel a tremendous amount of pity for the victim (the baby). I do agree the mother should be punished for this crime (if she is found guilty) but I also pity the mother, as for a mother to do this to a child they must be suffering from a severe form of mental illness or post partum depression that manifested into post partum psychosis.

Regardless this is an awful tragedy.

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Don't care what anyone says, I don't see this kind of story in similar size nations - infanticide is the hidden tragedy of Japan.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but infanticide is a worldwide problem. Take the U.S. for example. Not a day goes by without some story on Yahoo news about either a young child or infant being beaten to death, burned, left to die in a hot car, or sexually molested.

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Don't care what anyone says, I don't see this kind of story in similar size nations - infanticide is the hidden tragedy of Japan

The only data I have is a case that happened in a street next to me in Scotland. The one difference is that it didn't make the international media. The article is light on information, perhaps not surprisingly.

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.

Is there not something wrong with that sentence. Where was the baby in the week before being taken back to her mother's house? (should it be "for a week")

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Did I miss something here? There is no mention of a father and the young mother was living at her mother's house. Maybe a bit more to this story than meets the eye.

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Mother suspected of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs

Horrible. To be killed by the one person that is supposed to protect you

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but infanticide is a worldwide problem. Take the U.S. for example. Not a day goes by without some story on Yahoo news about either a young child or infant being beaten to death, burned, left to die in a hot car, or sexually molested.

The U.S. is not the world, and not even a good example. If we only took Japan and the U.S. and set all our benchmarks from them, the world would be a sad place indeed...

Don't try to tell to me that kids are not left in hot cars here in Japan (while Mum plays pachinko) or sexually abused.

The intentional killing of infants here is certainly an issue, as is murder-suicide, suicide pacts and the like. Japan has serious humanity problems no matter how much weeaboos try to insist otherwise.

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All readers back on topic please. Posts that do not focus on the story will be removed.

Tokyo-Engr: "...but I also pity the mother, as for a mother to do this to a child they must be suffering from a severe form of mental illness or post partum depression that manifested into post partum psychosis."

predictable as pie. How do you know she "MUST"? There was a young man living common-law with a woman and when he killed their baby people were demanding GW death penalty, despite him saying he was stressed out from the crying or what not. I'm sorry, but just because it is a woman does not mean we forgive her. And as I said, many people suffer from PPD or other "psychoses", as you say, and don't murder their children as this scum of a person did. No pity. Lock her up.

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Mother suspected of killing 2-month-old daughter by lacing her milk with drugs.

The daughter lived only for two months! Sickly likeness of "children cannot choose their parents." May her spirit rest in peace.

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