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Man held for beating 2-month-old son who wouldn't stop crying

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Police on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly abusing his 2-month-old son at their home in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. The man allegedly punched the infant in the stomach and about the head because he wouldn't stop crying, police said.

According to investigations, the suspect, identified as Shigeo Roppongi, gave the baby a bath on Friday night, while his wife was out. He was quoted as telling police that the baby was crying and he thought a bath might quieten him down. When the baby continued to cry, Roppongi told police he shook the baby and hit him in the stomach and head.

Roppongi's wife noticed the bruises when she looked in on the baby on Saturday morning and took him to a hospital. Police said they were called by hospital staff who reported possible abuse. The baby is in a stable condition, police said.

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There are so many cases of child abuse and child neglect...we need to prevent these things from happening rather than just punishing the person after the harm has already been done. Maybe new parents need more information on child care or support groups so they can share their problems with other parents. Something has to be done to protect these kids!

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And a Sunday and all. Lucky the police got to old Shigeo Roppongi first (the name cracks me up), because I would love to both hold him myself and show him a copy of the yellow pages.

Seriously, what a disgrace. Who in their right mind (or any mind for that matter) beats up on a 2 month old baby, not a child, A BABY. As with a lot of other cases in Japan, I really have trouble trying to get my head around his.

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this guy is just so sick. i will never understand.

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I cant understand where the mother was? A 2month old ought not to be far from the mother. To not notice until the next morning? A crying baby can be unrelenting in its screams, and to leave the baby alone with the father could be a form of neglect too.

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Leaving the baby alone with the father, a form of neglect. I think not. The mother could have gone out for the evening or maybe she was working.

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"As with a lot of other cases in Japan, I really have trouble trying to get my head around his."

Timor, child abuse happens everywhere. Period. This is not a Japan-specific problem.

So as another poster suggested there need to be more outreach programs to teach people how to take care of kids. To some people it comes easily but some people don't understand the basic reasons kids cry (hunger, upset tummy, dirty diaper, teething, etc.) and an inability to stop making a baby cry can drive people crazy.

This isn't an excuse for that ***hole, and I'm in NO way defending him. He deserves to be punished for hurting that baby.

But please, for the love of god, stop saying how horrible Japan is when it comes to child abuse.

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What the hell is wrong with people that they would say simply leaving a baby with its father (and the mother not being around) is a form of neglect? That's absurd! A mother should be allowed to go off on her own and have some time to herself to work or what not. That this man did this does not mean that the woman is in some way irresponsible. Stop trying to spin this on the mother somewhat.

The father is an insane nut, and he deserves prison time. What did he think a baby does?

Mexicanish: "But please, for the love of god, stop saying how horrible Japan is when it comes to child abuse."

Just a technical note, but the 'child' here is not a child, it's an infant. I do agree that abuse is rampant just about anywhere, but since you mention outreach programs, one thing we CAN say about Japan is that they are SEVERELY lacking (be it parenting or suicide). In this case, I'm in agreement with you, aside from what I just said.

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The mother could have gone out for the evening or maybe she was working.

What kind of mother goes out for the night, 2 months after giving birth...?

I don't know any mothers that would leave a 2 month old (Infant) alone more than 30 minutes.... Not even a 2 year old....

Japan needs to cut back on their worthless J-Clown-Cops and use that money for educating parents about their responsibilities, mothers what they must do, fathers what they can't ever do, like hit kids, and the rest of the money, what's ever left over on "Common-Sense" Awareness Campaigns... You don't dare someone holding a baseball-bat to hit you, or walk behind a group of drunk construction workers at 3am in the morning, if you are a pencil-necked geek, you need to hold your 2 year old by the hand when you cross the street... etc...etc... etc.... And don't hire cops that have a criminal records or haven't had a psyche eval....!

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Shaking an infant can result in severe brain damage. For the husband, automatic divorce without question. Then put his backside in the slammer for a few years to cool him down. Or, he gets 50 rounds with the top UFC fighters without protection. For the wife, let this be a hard wake up call. Give yourself a bit of a shake and wake the hell up!

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The helpless baby was crying for milk apparently, after the bath he became more thirsty nuthead!! Child taking care of a child. The mother has to blame too.How can she leave the baby with such monster. Take the baby to a lovimg home..

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What an ass, this is way to common in Japan so serious parenting education needs to take place.

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I don't know any mothers that would leave a 2 month old (Infant) alone more than 30 minutes.... Not even a 2 year old....

gee, I asked my wife to go out, and often, 1 month after giving birth. She said she didn't need too but I didn't care. Whether she knew it or not she needed a few hours away from the kid, even though he was an easy baby.

I am more than capable of parenting a child alone.

why do parents resort to violence in these situations? I think the particular type of parent is very proud and arrogant. Very narcissistic. If they don't get what they want immediately, they lose it completely. The narcissism would also explain the reason why the parent probably took the babies crying as a personal slight and rejection, and responded with overwhelming force. Very short sighted and self centered and very fragile at the same time.

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i hope the child makes a full recovery & lives a long, happy & healthy life. hopefully, the father will be castrated in a freak, ramen/pachinko/nattou/meido kafe accident.

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smith: a baby is a child. And yes, Japan is seriously lacking in out-reach programs, and that is an issue. It just drives me up the wall when people make statements that make it seem as though this is a Japan-specific problem.

That's why there are billboards/commercials all over the U.S. about "baby shaking syndrome" .... but unfortunately it still happens.

And as far as my calling the baby a child I didn't mean for it to come across as maybe you think that it did? It's absurd to punch a child or an infant in the chest, and yes, it's more absurd and more cruel to do it to an infant as babies aren't completely formed and it can cause more serious damage. My use of the word 'child' didn't mean to lessen the heinousness of crime.

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Sorry, it's absurd to punch a child/baby ANYWHERE* (not just in the chest..).

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what a moron... this guy doesn't deserve to be a father

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This maggot deserves to be executed. Lets all pray a mob mentality ensues when he re-appears from the police cell and he is torn limb-from-limb on the street. Shaking a baby, punching a baby...he has NO right to have any future contact with this child. As for the mother, well, she was likely out partying with her friends and pretending that she did not have a kid.

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The poor wife is being thrown under the bus by a lot of you guys on this board. Why? Because she left the baby "with a monster" aka her husband? I would think that would be what we call an inconceivable mistake. If my wife left me for a few hours with our baby (we don't have one) I hope she wouldn't even think it possible that I would do that. Next we read that she is a whore, hostess etc. Where does it say that? She went out. She came home. In the morning she noticed the bruises. She went to the hospital. It sounds to me like this woman is the rock of the family. Stop beating her up you bunch of troglodytes.

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Regardless if the mother was a work, shopping, out with friends, etc., the dick-lick has NO RIGHT to be beating on a helpless 2 month old - yet alone a child! Put him in the slammer where he belongs! Let the boys take care of the looser. I just hope the baby gets better, and lives a normal life without abusive parents. That totally sucks! I hate child abusers!

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"What kind of mother goes out for the night, 2 months after giving birth...? I don't know any mothers that would leave a 2 month old (Infant) alone more than 30 minutes.... Not even a 2 year old...."

There is a huge overreaction. Under normal circumstances, taking obvious necessary measures, a mother should be able to leave a child in the care of a responsible person. I do not see a lot of fault with the woman here, or the need for legislation preventing babysitters or spousal assistance with childcare.

The indignance shown on this forum underscores the point: what reasonable person would expect that someone would punch an infant for crying?

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the baby wouldn't stop crying-- was that because the baby could sense the daddy's bad temper? if he didn't get angry and tried to calm the baby down, give him a bottle or go outside and walk around a bit, or drive around.. then maybe the baby would have had stopped crying i am sure. the father was just not patient and he can never be allowed to blame that on his baby.

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I hope the police give this guy the flogging of his life in the police cells. The hide of someone to beat a 2 month old for crying!!!!! What did he expect???? The baby would be like a kitty doll and spend all its babyhood sitting there smiling. Babies can't speak moron and they communicate with tears when they are hungry, thirsty, sleepy, grumpy, tired, wet, bored, and the list goes on. Go and raise a stagbettle instead you idiot.

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could all these things happen!!!!!!!!!terrible

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to leave the baby alone with the father could be a form of neglect too.

You are kidding, right???! How could leaving the baby with the father be a form of neglect???! Unless you knew your husband had a history of violent behaviour against children, why in the world would you think that leaving his child with him would result in this?

I can`t believe anyone would blame the mother for this!

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Mom did the right thing in taking the child to the hospital. Good luck to her, as she's probably having a hard time coping with her new reality.

As for papa bear, he miserably failed a number of key character tests that night. Unfortunately he'll probably abscond from any further responsibilities toward his wife and the child he fathered. Maybe he'll grow up some day in another life. Tough lesson for all.

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This piece of filth needs to swing.

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