Police on Sunday arrested a 19-year-old man for beating the 2-year-old son of the young woman he lived with in Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture. The child was brought to the hospital but died later Sunday, police said.
According to police, the man -- who cannot be named because he is a minor -- was quoted as saying that he grew to dislike the child in mid-March and started beating him whenever he got angry from March 17 on. The boy had been crying in the middle of the night on Saturday, so the man said he hit him in the chest three times and banged his head against the wall.
Police said the man took the child to a hospital on Sunday morning because the boy had gone limp. The boy's body was covered in bruises and blood hemorrhaging was discovered in his head. The doctor noticed the boy was in cardiac arrest and notified officials.
The three had begun living together since last July. The mother worked at night and told police she was unaware of what was going on in her absence.© News reports