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Couple arrested for assaulting children with vacuum cleaner

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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."

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This is a horrible situation. If you put both mom and boyfriend in jail, (as they should) the kids will suffer, as they have nowhere else to go. If you slap them on the wrist, and leave them (or at least the mom) in care of the kids, the kids will suffer, as mom obviously doesn't care much for her kids.

These kids are behind the eight ball from the get go. Life isn't fair.

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Please don't confuse "discipline" with plain, all-out sadistic child abuse.

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Never have, never will submit my children to violence. Their behavior is just fine and they easily understand right from wrong with loud voices, time alone to think about their actions and no toys, TV, etc, when such action is necessary. Do we hit any other members of society for being 'unruly'? No. So why do it to our youngest members?

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Disgusting woman and her dead-beat de-facto. I can only hope they are locked away for a long, long time (30 years minimum) and have all rights to access to these children are removed permanently. I also hope the other inmates are made aware than they are child abusers. There are loving, childless couples out there who would love to have these kids as their own - if not in Japan, then definitely in Western nations. I hope the poor kids are OK - however the psychological scars will likely remain forever.

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The headline is a nice shot at a novelty ploy. Punching, kicking and throwing children are obviously far and away more a problem than applying a vaccuum cleaner on the their faces.

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Kudos, to the nursery staff for taking actions.

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Punching, kicking and throwing children are obviously far and away more a problem than applying a vaccuum cleaner on the their faces.

Well let's try that on you and see how you like it, eh?

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Sakai in Osaka is known for this...sorry lads.

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Would be nice for my hood to be in the news for the right reason at some point...

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oh god, please, no more of this. Take these kids away from these evil b$#%&&s and give them to someone who will love and care for them as they should be loved and cared for. And while you`re at it, sterilise them too. There should be zero tolerance for evil like this.

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Well let's try that on you and see how you like it, eh?

If you are going to take the punching, kicking and being thrown, then sure, I will endure the vacuum applied to my face.

I don't remember saying anything about liking it. But it might be amusing for you swear I got the worst of it with that vacuum cleaning sucking my face.

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While I no way agree with the degree to which the term discipline is applied by the mother and her boyfriend, I think upon questioning that they admitted theyre guilt is a step in the right direction. Circumstances like this, a separation from the real father and that lack of support, while the mother also seems to be self-indulging her feelings of rejection all play into affecting the children. But, I dont find miamums attitude any better, or even yong yangs idea of self-righteousness any better either; I would wonder at how much time they actually spent disciplining their children versus a run with the sheep and copycat the others youchien style of disciplining, which doesnt actually discipline, but creates a totalitarian contrare to reality situation of family and parenting, that I would suggest creates a lot of pressures for people just like this mother in this case. You lot with the rod of judgement even to the point of commenting reallyy are the ones I abhor alongside the people of such a case. Theyre admitting theyre guilt is one step the right way, havent seen that step from yous yet.

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Real sakai scum. They need some of the same discipline!

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Is the guy the kids' father or not? Not clear by the title, calling her mom and her the boyfriend. Later is states that they are the couple's kids. What is it? Are they not married and the parents or what?

Japan needs to get it together with educating parents on looking after their kids - and tightening up the child abuse laws. Case after case after case.... Yet, nothing seems to change.

So, what is the outcome? Kids still stuck with their horrific adults or what?

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@illsayit but not make sense. Can you repost coherently? How is taking a stance to NOT subjecting children to violence self-rightous? Does it scare you into guilt to hear others don't approach their children with pain and abuse?

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an administrator at a chiropractic clinic

Did he bring home the vacuum cleaner from his job .

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This is a horrible situation. If you put both mom and boyfriend in jail, (as they should) the kids will suffer, as they have nowhere else to go. If you slap them on the wrist, and leave them (or at least the mom) in care of the kids, the kids will suffer, as mom obviously doesn't care much for her kids.

You seem to be assuming that this couple are guilty of their alleged crimes.

Anyway, for all those who would like to see this couple hung from the gallows, please remember that at this point in time, they have only been arrested. The undeniable fact is that they have not yet been convicted of anything. Whether you like it or not, it is not such an unimaginable stretch to say that they might actually be innocent of their alleged crimes. Or to put it simply for the hard-of-thinking tabloid sensationalists... as strong as the evidence may be at this point in time, we shouldn't prance around on our high horses until a verdict has been passed.

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Yong yang you understood me fine. To answer your question- No, It doesnt make me feel guilty. Youre demeaning tactics by questioning me about my guilt continue to display your bullying techniques and self righteous attitude. But dont bother answering my questions, maybe just spend some time with, and noticing your kids, beyond how they compare inline with everybody else, eh.

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You seem to be assuming that this couple are guilty of their alleged crimes.

The couple confessed to the police that they were responsible for the bruises. Are you saying we should withhold judgment until a court decides if punching and stomping children is a crime? Or are you saying we should withhold judgement until the courts decide the confession is legitimate?

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My god, this made me cry.. I shouldn't have read this early in the morning :(

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Theyre admitting theyre guilt is one step the right way, havent seen that step from yous yet.

illsayit - im confused - sorry. What is it that you want me to admit my guilt to? Because I dont actually beat my children or put a vacuum cleaner to their faces. I discipline them in my own way without violence.

Are you wanting me to admit that I want these kids taken away from these evil people and for them not to be allowed to have any more children again because they obviously have no idea how to care for them? Then YES,absolutely, I admit to that proudly. I have had it with reading about mistreatment of children in ANY country and I want to see zero tolerance implemented. If that bothers you - well, sorry, but I am not going to be an apologist for people like these and say "oh, well, poor them, they came from broken homes/the true father has left/they are unemployed and stressed" etc etc. There is NO excuse for child abuse. Ever. Period.

As for this couple - quite honestly that they have admitted their guilt almost makes it worse because they actually don`t seem to think they have done anything wrong, and that this method of "discipline" is perfectly acceptable. But at least it will make it easier dealing with them.

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“it was done to teach them discipline.”

I love this crap! Discipline? How about 'Self-Discipline? Losers!

Children do not need any kind of physical abuse to be taught discipline. If any parent feels they need to hurt their children to teach them right from wrong it is the parents that need to be disciplined, not the kids!

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what can one say that hasn't already been said? appalling. poor kids...

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There is a difference between teaching right from wrong - discipline, and what this is - child abuse.

These people need to go to prison for a very long time, especially the mother. I hope these children find a loving family instead of a children's home.

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Couple arrested! And what? I suppose they will be told not to do it again and that they are free to go home.

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Even if the children do have a serious "attitutude check", the child consultation center should have motion these two "wanna-be, with no name" to capital punishment for endangering the welfare of these defenseless kids. What on earth is going on here???????

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A mother and her boyfriend....in 000000 city, town abused, mistreated, killed their children, but these people feel they were only trying to punish these kids for crying, for being hungry, lonely at age 000000, yes, just fill in the blanks and it is the same old story with different names in different towns all over Japan, when will we ever learn??? I feel so sorry for these defenseless children,

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Couple arrested! And what? I suppose they will be told not to do it again and that they are free to go home

. Exactly, sad, but this is always the case.

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poor defenseless children can grow up to be violent confused bully-like adults.Dealing with the parents, and helping them become a parent that they want to be like would be a better suggestion than sterilising as miamum suggested and forgot to quote me on-as it would have answered her question directed at me. These stories are regular which probably means a lot more go by unnoticed than noticed; which is why I suggest if we are adults, that we consider the pain some other adults may be harbouring and help them to quit the cycle, instead of dragging them through more. Make them take responsibilty for their actions, yes, but totally denying them any sort concern just makes me wonder if you werent bullied or neglected by your parent. And so in this case, yes, their admittance to something is not denial-and as it is being established with authorities, a step in a positive direction.

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