A 37-year-old man was arrested for assault on Tuesday, accused of burning his partner’s son with a cigarette on the night of April 6. Police said Kazushi Yoshida, a truck driver and resident of Hiroshima City, is accused of pressed a lit cigarette on the 4-year-old boy’s forehead.
The boy suffered burns that are expected to take a month to heal, police said. Yoshida has denied the allegation and told police he was working that night.
Staff at the boy’s nursery school noticed the injury and called a children’s welfare center, who called police. Police said the boy had been living with Yoshida in Hiroshima City since June last year, along with his mother and older brother, but that the welfare center had taken the boy into its custody twice.
Police said they had received information that the boy’s older brother had also been assaulted, and are investigating if the boys were subjected to abuse on a regular basis.© News reports