Police in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, arrested a man and his wife, both 35, Thursday, on child abuse charges after they allegedly punched their 3-year-old daughter in the face and injured her.
According to police, Masahiro Kannokura and his wife Yoshiko, a registered nurse, were reported by a neighbor to the child welfare office, which took the girl into custody. When counselors examined the girl's face, they found bruises covered up with foundation. The girl's parents were arrested on suspicion of abusing her at their prefecture-owned home on Aug 3. The couple have told police that they don't remember the incident.
According to police, the child welfare office had periodically gotten calls regarding the couple since March 2007 and had offered them counseling. The center was never able to find concrete evidence of abuse, but police are currently investigating the possibility that such incidents happened regularly.© News reports