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Woman leaves 3-year-old daughter tied up at home while she goes skiing

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Police in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of abusing her three-year-old daughter by tying her up with string while she went skiing for the day.

According to police, Mio Minagawa, who was arrested on Monday, has admitted to the charge, Kyodo News reported. Police quoted her as saying she tied up her daughter at around 7 a.m. on Sunday to prevent her from going outside, while she went skiing.

A neighbor who heard the girl crying on Sunday night went to check on the situation and saw her come to the front door with string partially tied around her body. The neighbor immediately called police and reported that the girl might have been the victim of abuse.

Minagawa did not return home until late Sunday night. Police said she lived alone with her daughter and are questioning her to see if she regularly abused her daughter who is currently in protective custody.

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Some kids just don't deserve their parents. What a horridly bent and selfish woman!

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Disheartening.

23 ( +25 / -2 )

How can she afford to go skiing whilst unemployed and with a dependent?

24 ( +28 / -4 )

Despicable woman, certainly NOT worthy of being called mother. I hope the poor little girl is taken by the govt permanently from this depraved child abuser.

The woman is the one who needs a thick string around her neck.

13 ( +21 / -8 )

Maybe she really wanted a dog not a child?

However, leaving a dog tied up all day to go skiing would be cruelty.

20 ( +21 / -1 )

It's too bad any women can have children. Should require a license or certificate and pass a few tests to have a child. And a psychological test as well. Goes for the father too.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Place the child in protective custody and find a better home for her. I'm pretty sure this wasn't the first time this woman has done something harmful to her daughter.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

This young woman's actions are despicable, disgusting, inhuman... and at 19, a teen parent, she was likely too young to be a parent. HOWEVER we must also ask WHERE was the father? Is he in the child's life at all? Why are women forced to take on this sort of responsibility when the father has NO burden? And the child suffers most of all. Sad.

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@kurisupisu

Some sort of online date thing no doubt. Older guy offering to pay for the whole 'date'.

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The child is three. This seems to be the only known incident of her life. She cannot tell us what she had been through in her young life before this incident. She is a todller and, needs loving attention when her wrappings need be changed. She is hungry and needs food while her mother is enjoying herself skiing in the fresh air far away. Her cries cannot be heard by anyone. All she can do is cry... and cry...... until...... she has no tears left and falls asleep. She needs be taken away from her so-called mother and adopted by a loving family. Her mother should be sentenced to sterilization so she will not be able to abuse any future child she may have. She should also be banned from adopting any children in her lifetime.

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WHERE was the father?

Anyone want to guess, divorced?

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The mother is patently too emotionally and intellectually immature to have a child, 16 years old to be taking on the burden and responsibility alone of a child when she was a child her self. If there are no family to help and support her and the father unwilling to be involved in the child’s life where are the social services Ann other support services to help her?

While what she did was in no way acceptable she is not wholly to blame and should not have been left in that situation. She is more in need of understanding, education and support than condemnation and reviling by those who neither know her or her situation. Walvk a mile in her shoes before you rush to judgement.

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While what she did was in no way acceptable she is not wholly to blame and should not have been left in that situation. She is more in need of understanding, education and support than condemnation and reviling by those who neither know her or her situation. Walvk a mile in her shoes before you rush to judgement.

NO reasonable person who is not suffering from a mental disability thinks tying up a toddler alone while the one goes skiing is remotely normal. Everyone knows this is child abuse, with the toddler at risk of death. Everyone.

This selfish woman deserves all the condemnation and everything that's coming - and hopefully that means surrendering the abused child PERMANENTLY.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

How can she afford to go skiing whilst unemployed and with a dependent?

Easy, 'unemployed' formally but still making money in other, less savory, ways.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Article is already disturbing for anyone reading this, heart-breaking and utterly-repulsive as a parent of a small child.

Having a child with 19 years old, where is the good-for-nothing? Grandparents? Anyone?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Let me guess: woman in her 20s, no know occupation/ working in the entertainment industry, separated with the father.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The mother took “no friends on powder day” too far!

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Ski resorts should have free child care facilities, so idiots are less inclined to make these cruel decisions.

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Wow! This is terrible! Is bad parenting a big problem in Japan?

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

In the middle of the terrible thing that happened it is fortunate the girl is alive and hopefully will find better people to care for her. Kudos to the neighbor for taking the time to check for the situation even at the risk of being though of as impolite and meddler, which sadly are reasons why some people would not have done the same.

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The rate of child abuse and suicide is truly alarming in Japan. I have lived here long enough to understand why.

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Single unemployed parents get a lot of perks so they essentially don’t need to work. Welfare, free housing, plus even extra cash for “tokubetsu jidoteate” child allowance. That’s how she affords to go skiing. But hey the kid is alive and was only tied up. It’s a good day. Japan has set the parenting bar pretty low.

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I live near a ski field and no way I can afford it. Car parking alone is ¥2000. How can an unemployed solo mother afford that?

usually I hate nosey neighbors, but this person should get an award.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Woman leaves 3-year-old daughter tied up...

What this woman did was inarguably despicable. However, her daughter was not tied up. She was tethered, leashed, or harnessed. There is a difference. Being "tied up" implies being completely bound, and unable to move, which would have been even more horrific than the horrible act of abuse she actually committed, and what I was expecting to read, based on the headline.

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kurisupisu - How can she afford to go skiing whilst unemployed and with a dependent?

My guess is that her current boyfriend invited her, and is paying. She may not have even told him she had a child, as she might feel it would scare him off.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Some of the comments above are likely scenarios. Add to those that she might have been raped, and thus resents her child. Not an excuse for what she did, of course, but a possible motive.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

What a monster, hope she will spend some time 8n jail so she can understand a child is more important than skiing.

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I just want to mention that if you have your own skis, in some areas parking is free and not all ski areas are resorts. Municipal ski zones are like sports centers and are inexpensive, 1000-1500 for half day. Even cheaper with a pass.

It doesn't detract her crime. She's a monster. But in snowy mountainous regions, skiing is just not as luxurious as you might think.

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kid will be back with their mother by Thursday, because only mothers can raise children obviously and I’m sure she regrets her actions deeply

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the girl might have been the victim of abuse.

'Might have'? MAJOR DUH. The child is just old enough to have a psychological trauma from this incident. this is abhorrent and repulsive.

Mr KiplingToday  07:58 am JST

Maybe she really wanted a dog not a child?

However, leaving a dog tied up all day to go skiing would be cruelty.

Here in America there's some parents who have 'leases' on their little kids, 'walking them' as if they were dogs. Unworthy parents who do that get away with it in America, and that and incidents like this case are abusive and unacceptable.

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Here in America there's some parents who have 'leases' on their little kids, 'walking them' as if they were dogs

"Leashes", champ. And there is nothing wrong with it - it's for the kids' safety. Have you tried to walk a few kids at a time? They are unpredictable and likely to run into traffic if they see a shiny object.

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"A neighbor who heard the girl crying on Sunday night went to check on the situation and saw her come to the front door with string partially tied around her body. The neighbor immediately called police and reported that the girl might have been the victim of abuse."

Thank god for this neighbor. I am SO tired of seeing neighbors rush out to talk to camera crews after bodies are found and ask only that their hands, which the are busy rubbing together, be shown and not their faces, while they talk about all the times they "saw the poor, emaciated/bruised child and had heard their cries and screams" but never bothered to call the police or do anything but seek some of the spotlight after. Thank you to this person! You may have saved a life! Well... we know social services will just turn around and send the girl home to have it happen again until said corpse appears, but at least this is a good societal start.

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Well played by the neighbour here. The next step would be to ask the neighbour about the mother's other movements, which I suspect will include leaving the child and going out at night time, probably to a mizu shobai job but possibly on dates. I doubt child abandonment starts with the desire to go skiing at a partially open ski resort on what was probably the first weekend of the season.

While skiing in Japan is more proletarian than in other countries (yippee!), it is still a luxury. Abandoning a child for hours on end, not some dodgy "just pop out to the shops", is bad enough, but for solo leisure (or a date) involving a luxury activity is abhorrent. A moral compass 180 degrees out of whack.

Ski resorts should have free child care facilities, so idiots are less inclined to make these cruel decisions.

So yeah, other customers should pay the 10,000 yen a day (typical ski resort creche cost) just so idiots can abandon their kids. A free creche would also cannibalize possibly the ski resort's best moneymaker, the ski school for people who can't be bothered to ski with their own kids. That's how rich folks go skiing. No matter how much customers may resent the cost, resorts make hardly any money off lift tickets. Japan's are very cheap by global standards.

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Please lock this individual up and throw away the key.

Please give the little girl to a family that will appreciate her.

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Where is the father, the grandparents, and the siblings? Why is there no one else around?

Welcome to the age of liberation!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Government want to pay people,that are not parental material

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Let's hope she gets punished and the child grows up to be healthy and succesfull

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OK, yes the mother left her kid alone tied up. Evidently it wasn't to a point where the kid could not get loose from the restraint and was injured from them. I know many people will thumb this down but I am looking at this situation in another way. How many parents get in their cars and don't put their kids in seat belts. I see it alot and they are right there with the kids moving around in the back seats. How many times have we read where parents left their kids at home alone that was not tied up only to come and find the kid dead after opening the sliding glass door and falling over the balcony to their deaths. Has anyone thought that perhaps this was a bad preventive way that this parent chose. We don't live in her head or her house hold. Yes it was a bad plan by tying the kid up but I would at least have to give her some credit to think of perhaps that reasoning if she did live in a high rise. Yes its great the neighbor got involved and saw the child tied up most often there's stories where no one in Japan cares to get involved. In this case I wouldn't say the mom was a bad mom I would think she made a bad choice because she did try to prevent the unthinkable but the child was able to break free. Perhaps this is a lesson learned as parents we all make mistakes but does it mean we shouldn't have kids? Just my two cents

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Thank goodness the child is still alive and needs to be taken away from this uncaring woman who had her.

She should have asked family or friends to take care of the child if she wanted to go skiing.

Disheartening.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Thank goodness the child is still alive and needs to be taken away from this uncaring woman who had her.

She should have asked family or friends to take care of the child if she wanted to go skiing.

Disheartening.

Well said! I don't understand how you got a negative vote for saying what you said. The bottom line was the mother was irresponsible!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

WTF is wrong with some people??

0 ( +1 / -1 )

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