Police in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 43-year-old woman on suspicion of strangling her 13-year-old daughter.
According to police, the suspect, Mika Matsutani, a part-time worker, strangled her daughter Kasumi to death at their apartment on Wednesday morning. TBS reported that Matsutani told police she had intended to kill herself after killing her daughter but couldn't go through with it.
Matsutani had defaulted on her home payment approximately two years ago, and had been having difficulty making ends meet ever since, a police spokesman said. She and her daughter had been ordered to vacate the premises by Sept 24, TBS reported.
When representatives from the Chiba District Court arrived at the apartment at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning to see them out, they found Kasumi dead, lying face up a futon.© Japan Today