Couple arrested after 6-month-old baby dies of neglect


A married couple residing in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after their 6-month-old daughter died last year.

The suspects, a 29-year-old man and his 19-year-old wife, who were arrested on Thursday, are both part-time workers. They are accused of depriving their daughter of food and water over the course of 10 days last May, Fuji TV reported.

Police said the two suspects have admitted to abandoning their daughter at home while they either worked their part-time jobs or played at a pachinko parlor.

Before May 17, the woman left her daughter at her mother’s house each day. From May 18 to May 31, they left their daughter at home, lying on a plastic case, and with just a little milk

After returning home early on the morning of May 31, the couple found their daughter in a coma and called 119.

Police said an autopsy showed the baby died of dehydration and heatstroke.

Police said the couple has admitted not giving their daughter sufficient food and water.

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:( poor baby. There are people who weren't blessed to have a baby.

Why do people have unprotected sex if they are not ready for the responsibility? :(

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This bit of news broke my heart like nothing before. 2 stupid excuses for human beings. How could they find it in their hearts to do something like that? Now my whole day is completely ruined

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We read about these stories a lot but never about what happens after. What kind of sentencing is given for "child neglect?"

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good question.

Probably not near enough to fit the crime.

Poor wee mite.

Mind you... what kinda life would she have had with these two deadbeats?

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I wonder why they stopped leaving the poor baby with her grandmother and whether the grandmother was concerned about that?

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I can't find the words

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@ Aly - I know how you feel. I'm in tears at the coin laundry, and I'm an old fart. Another innocent lost. May true justice be done.

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played at a pachinko parlor.

This scenario repeats itself way too often. Kids being left at home, in cars or my personal favorite, a baby was left under the seat of a scooter while its parent played pachinko in the middle of summer. Of course the baby died. And, they wanna build casinos in Japan? Yeah, what a great idea, NOT!

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Another day, another story like this in Japan. The casual attitude that so many have towards the lives of their children or other family members here, and the "Yeah... darn... not sure why, but we did it" attitude is sickening. Japan needs to get serious about this kind of thing and give SERIOUS sentences. Should be minimum 25 years in prison for both these idiots. I bet we'll see a couple years for the father, and even less for the mother.

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I can hear the defense team now "Your honor, they were negligent, but had no intent to kill." To which the judge will reply "Cry in front of me and show true remorse, then go to the clerk and pick up your suspended sentence"

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This is deplorable, detestable and inexcusable. I hope the parents get the full penalty of the law for this.

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I think an eye for an eye would work well in this case.

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