Police in Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 51-year-old man and his 40-year-old wife on suspicion of killing their 3-year-old daughter.
According to police, the father, Kazuhiro Hayama, 51, who works as a security guard, called 110 at around 3 a.m. and said he had strangled his daughter, Fuji TV reported. Police rushed to the house and found the body of Yui Hayama.
Yui's mother, Yuuko, was also arrested. Police said that she held Yui's legs while her husband strangled her to death in the early hours of Tuesday. The couple were quoted by police as saying they had intended to kill their daughter and then themselves because they were heavily in debt, but they couldn't go through with killing themselves.
Police said the family lives in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture. The house where the killing took place belongs to Hayama's parents and is usually vacant.© Japan Today