Police have arrested a couple in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, for locking up the woman’s 6-year-old son in their bathroom, in a case of which officials believe may have been part of regular domestic child abuse.
According to police, at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, neighbors notified emergency services that they could hear a child crying loudly from inside the house where the couple live, Fuji TV reported.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the bruised 6-year-old boy naked in the bathroom, which was locked from the outside with a solid band. Two other girls, aged 9 and 1, were also found locked in a room on the second floor of the house, but they were unharmed.
Police arrested Shigeyuki Akamatsu, 28, and the 32-year-old mother of the boy, who are the occupants of the house.
Police quoted neighbors as saying that the boy had been locked up in the bath again about a month ago and they could hear him saying “It’s cold” and calling for his father.
The couple told police that they had locked up the child in order to go to a pachinko parlor and that they had done the same thing several times in the past, as well.
Police believe that the boy may have been a victim of regular child abuse.© Japan Today