A 3-year-old girl died on Saturday in Fukuoka City, and police are questioning her mother and stepfather after learning the girl's body was covered in bruises.
Police said the 21-year-old stepfather asked a resident in the apartment next door to call an ambulance at around 9.30 p.m. Saturday night. The girl was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead about an hour later, with emergency personnel saying the girl was not breathing when they arrived at the apartment.
Police said the man lived in the apartment since November last year, with his 21-year-old wife and the 3-year-old girl who was born in the woman's previous marriage. They said that the woman was working on Saturday night, and that the man was at home with his stepdaughter. Police quoted him as saying: "We were in the bath together when she suddenly became limp."© News reports