A mother and her boyfriend in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of assaulting the woman's two children after day nursery workers became concerned about bruises on the daughter's body, police said Saturday.
The 29-year-old unemployed woman and her 28-year-old boyfriend, an administrator at a chiropractic clinic, were questioned by police after nursery school employees contacted the child consultation center to discuss bruises sustained by the couple's 6-year-old daughter in May.
During police questioning, the couple admitted to punching, kicking and throwing the girl and her 3-year-old brother. They also confessed to applying a vacuum cleaner to the children's faces. They were quoted by police as saying that "it was done to teach them discipline."© Compiled from news reports