A Filipino woman in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, has been sent to prosecutors for allowing her 3-year-old daughter to starve to death.
According to police, the 37-year-old woman -- a single mother -- left Japan and returned to the Philippines in February, leaving her two daughters, aged 3 and 14 years of age, just 10,000 yen and a little food. The 3-year-old girl died in her absence.
Although the three lived together, witnesses claim the woman regularly abandoned her parental duties and left her toddler in the care of her teenage daughter.
According to police, the children were left alone by their mother, while she went home for a visit to the Philippines on Feb 9. TBS reported that police received an emergency call from the woman's 14-year-old daughter at about 7 p.m. on Feb 18, saying that her younger sister had collapsed. Emergency workers rushed to the scene where the child was confirmed dead.© Japan Today