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Woman gets 3 years in jail for starvation death of 10-month-old daughter

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A 24-year-old woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for parental neglect resulting in the starvation death of her 10-month-old daughter.

The Chiba District Court on Thursday convicted Risa Konishi of not feeding her daughter Suzuka enough while they lived in an apartment in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, from Jan 3 to 25, 2020, Fuji TV reported. She was also charged with failing to provide Suzuka with medical treatment.

During the trial, the court heard that Konishi’s husband, who had separated from his wife, placed an emergency call on Jan 25, 2020, and said: “My wife messaged me to say our child isn’t breathing.”

When paramedics arrived at the apartment, Suzuka was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. She was taken to hospital where she was confirmed dead. Although Suzuka had no visible signs of trauma on her body, doctors later determined that she had died from malnutrition and dehydration.

Konishi at the time was also living with her eldest daughter, 5, eldest son, 3. The two other children did not have any issues regarding their physical health.

Konishi has a history of psychiatric treatment and was admitted to a health care facility in Chiba Prefecture immediately after the incident. She was arrested after her discharge from the medical institution.

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3 years ain't enough

19 ( +22 / -3 )

If this was a foreign male he wod get 20+ years...

16 ( +22 / -6 )

Is this is enough prison time for a mother neglecting her infant that starved death? The two other, older children were not dehydrated, malnourished nor abused. Obviously some very serious postpartum issues on top of some much deeper mental health issues that were definitely NOT resolved prior to her release from the psychiatric institution. What’s left of this family will forever be in crisis. When her jail time is up, she will need to consistently monitored and evaluated to keep the other children safe. Sad for them.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Konishi has a history of psychiatric treatment

Obviously the social services and her family thought she was OK to look after her kids.

Obviously they were wrong.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Should be three years for every year of her daughter's life that she so callously snuffed out.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Disgusting, cruel, child killing Japanese mother. 3 years?, Should be life without parole.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Sad story for the little girl.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I hope they only feed her every month or so for the next 3 years! Just to give her a tiny idea of what her daughter went through.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Konishi has a history of psychiatric treatment and was admitted to a health care facility in Chiba Prefecture immediately after the incident. She was arrested after her discharge from the medical institution.

And why didnt her separated husband do something about it his child? He had to have known something was wrong

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

WTF. Punishment should be 10 months with same rations she was giving her little girl. The other two kids were probably eating healthy at school while the baby suffered at home with a mom definitely not capable of providing for her children.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

One other thing, if I remember this case correctly weren't her older children from a different marriage and the poor baby who died was from her remarriage to her current separated husband?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Three years from now she'll be released and get custody of the survivors. Just you wait and see. :(

0 ( +2 / -2 )

what a monster!!! 3years is not enough... she also should not be allowed to be any where near her other 2 kids for the rest of her life!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

3 years for starving her own baby to death? The Japanese justice system is a colossal joke. This woman should get life and half a meal every other day so she knows the agony her child went through. The husband should also be held accountable for leaving the mother to deal with 3 kids under the age of 10.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Thanks for the additional, possibly related info @Yubara 6:56pm. All prior articles are “no longer available” and search results are non-existent:

*- @Yubaru 6:56pm: “One other thing, if I remember this case correctly weren't her older children from a different marriage and the poor baby who died was from her remarriage to her current separated husband?*

Wish media would leave the progressive stories up until the final verdict is reached in these “Crime” cases.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Fathers, when in the home *@purple_depressed_bacon 8:18pm, ***do get charged, from time to time. Case in point, similar story from a few years back**:

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/parents-arrested-after-8-month-old-baby-dies-of-suspected-malnutrition-neglect

*- @purple_depressed_bacon 8:18pm “The husband should also be held accountable for leaving the mother to deal with 3 kids under the age of 10.*

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

This is just sad on so many levels! The social service department in Japan is pathetic and useless!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

You see? told you. I said two years, and I was only slightly off, because that is what the life of a child is worth here. But, you swerve in front of a car on your bicycle to disrupt traffic? Steal ten yen from a shrine donation box? You get more than this sick, twisted excuse of a human being.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

This is a problem with Equality when it comes to punishment.

If it was a Man doing the same crime 20 years easy.

Women get less time in general.

Less punishment.

Less prison time.

Treated better once in jail.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Women always get more lenient treatment for their crimes - even for ones as heinous as this. I don’t understand why that is but it’s like that all over in first world countries. Women will never be fully equal until they get equally harsh treatment as men when they commit such atrocities. It takes an especially deviant person to literally torture a very young child by starving them to death.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Three years in jail for killing a baby. Justice?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

this is truly heartbreaking. The kind of story you read about that will ruin your day

2 ( +3 / -1 )

3 years!? Is this what a humans life is worth these days, this is how we encourage others to neglect and abuse our children, if anything this sentence defeats the purpose of even having a trial.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

RIP little one, and forgive us for NOT even having the empathy to understand what you been thru.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Absolutely horrible. A mother is a beacon of love and care. How can she do this?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

MarkOct. 16  09:08 am JST

3 years!? Is this what a humans life is worth these days, this is how we encourage others to neglect and abuse our children, if anything this sentence defeats the purpose of even having a trial.

That's right now. A slap on the wrist.

CelineDzebraOct. 16  11:06 pm JST

Absolutely horrible. A mother is a beacon of love and care. How can she do this?

An unspeakable hideous crime.

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