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Man arrested for abuse after breaking 6-month-old baby's leg

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Police in Wakayama City said Friday they have arrested a 24-year-old man for assault after he allegedly stomped on his 6-month-old baby son, breaking the child's right leg.

According to a report on NTV, the incident took place at the home of the accused on Oct 8 at around 9:30 p.m. The suspect and his 21-year-old wife took the child to hospital where medical staff became suspicious of the cause of the boy's injuries. The Support Center for Children, Women and the Disabled then reported the incident to police, NTV said.

During questioning, the man, who was identified as Kazuki Hara, was quoted as saying that the child wouldn't stop crying, and he got angry.

The support center said that they sent a report to police about a similar incident involving the child in July, NTV reported.

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Ch'yeah...like breaking a leg bone always stops a baby from crying. Would say something about this pitiful excuse of a father, but I'll leave that meaty bone to the JT gang to chew on. On a side note, I wonder why police didn't investigate the original complaint of abuse back in July?

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Some people shouldn't be allowed to reproduce, how can some people be so stupid?

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Stomping on a baby won't stop it crying unless you kill it. Why not kick a wall instead? Then purchase ear plugs. Then figure out why your baby is crying. Or, just don't breed.

Also, I don't think men without lots of official and certified training should be left with babies for too long. Men are not designed for it and the learning curve is hefty for a typical man no matter how "new age" you are. I am sure some people will take issue with that, so I implore you to just scan the crime section for stories of injury to babies and count the number of men vs women. Then realize that not every abuse story makes it to JT.

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What do you do, when baby turns blue?

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I hope the boy recovers well, grows up strong, and teaches this sick individual a few lessons in life.

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A brat (immature person) should never have children. It's a fact that babies do cry, if you can't handle that, don't have kids.

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This story makes me feel sick. Poor baby - what a cruel and disgusting thing to do to your own child. The use of the word "stomp" is pretty horrendous really..that sort of injury seems like it won't heal well on a tiny baby and he could have a permanent disability.

We can't tell from the article if the mother was there at the time or if in fact she was aware of how the baby's leg got broken but she should also be arrested if it turns out she knew her sicko husband was responsible and said nothing.

I would really like a follow-up on this story but these abuse cases never seem to get followed up on this site.

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Oh..I failed to read the final paragraph. Apparently it's happened before - makes it even worse. What is the point of anything being reported to these authorities when nothing actually gets done about these abusers?!

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MONSTER!!! This man should be locked up immediately. Satisfied Going?

Japan's society is partly to blame for this event. Women in this country receive maternity leave, classes, and proper training for child care.

Men are not allowed to take time off from work. The classes are scheduled at times where men are not available to attend.

I guess the media has decided to attack these Japanese men. Seems like it's a trend now. I hope I'm not the only one noticing this. JT regulars have read these stories over and over again. Wish we had more pictures, like mugshots.

Age 24 and 21, in Japan? Children raising children. I can see the sweatpants and Crocs with the dyed hair already.

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Time to start teaching parenting skills (even Basic) at school. An awareness of what's involved and expected might help. It appears common that immature couples breed an "accessory" then do not have the skills to be cope. There are great parents, the majority. The minority who make the news are the worry.

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children having children. there is a reason why most people say late 20's to 30 is the best time. Gotta give the youts time to mature enough to be able to handle things like this. 13-27 or so = playtime to find the right qualities in a mate. Sounds like these 2 didnt plan on the baby.

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"Babies making babies.." In western society, children learn about infants by taking care of the siblings while parents work, or teenage girls babysit for part-time income. That is not the case in Japan, and after having a baby, women stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks to learn to care for a baby! Babies are not toys!

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Men are not allowed to take time off from work. The classes are scheduled at times where men are not available to attend.

For crying out loud! Anyone, man or woman, who needs special classes to learn that it's not a good idea to stomp on a baby isn't fit to be let out alone, never mind to be a parent.

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This is the most damming of the article "The support center said that they sent a report to police about a similar incident involving the child in July," Why why why was no action taken by the authorities. This is not just japan, social and the legal services are failing children worldwide,everyone passes the buck.

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In western society, children learn about infants by taking care of the siblings while parents work, or teenage girls babysit for part-time income. That is not the case in Japan, and after having a baby, women stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks to learn to care for a baby!

I grew up in western society and never once did my parents put me in charge of my brother when he was an infant. I only ever once did any babysitting, as a student at uni; all evening the child slept soundly while I canoodled on the sofa with my boyfriend. If I'd been a quick learner, I would have learned from that evening that children are easy to look after and don't get in the way of relationships.

No one stays in hospital for 'a couple of weeks' after childbirth unless there are serious complications. Most women are out in a week or less and they spend that time recuperating and getting the breast-milk flowing. Hospitals don't teach post-partum what to do with a crying baby.

Let's just stop all this 'Western parents are so much better' nonsense.

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Let's just stop all this 'Western parents are so much better' nonsense.

Amen to that Cleo.

My Japanese wife is a fantastic mother to our son and my stepson. My sister-in-law and her husband are devoted parents too.

As for this stain, I hope he get's his just deserts. The fact that it has happened twice is proof that he should be nowhere near that kid. His mother should have moved out/kicked him out the first time too.

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America has the highest rates of deaths from child abuse. A child dies every 5 hours.

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Oh God, please, just get this baby to a safe and loving place - if that is alone with the Mother and she had no idea about the abuse then fine.

I was at a seminar last night and someone had brought a beautiful 6 month old. I had forgotten how little and adorable they are. Now I read this this morning - a child the same age as the one I chatted with last night (we had a discussion over the merits of milk v beer!) and my blood just runs cold.

I agree with Cleo - it is going to take a lot more than a few parenting classes to turn around someone who thinks stomping on a baby is OK. On the other hand I DO think ebony had a point with the comment about babysitting. It simply doesnt happen here (although I do sometimes see siblings looking after younger ones here). I dont know whether that makes a difference but its an interesting theory. There was a study in the UK a few years ago where teenagers who wanted to become parents were - under very close supervision - given real babies to take care of for 24 hours. Out of about 10 teenagers who took part only one came out of that house saying they were still ready to be a parent - and she had actually done a fabulous job with one of the most difficult of the babies. The others made comments along the lines of "bugger that for a game of soldiers!"

@netninja - I ahve also noticed there has been an increase in these stories recently. Whether it is happening more often, being reported more often, or its silly season again I dont know but I wish it would stop. I dont know what the answer is. Maybe more mentoring? Family, neighbours and friends helping each other out more? I dont know, but I do know I think I would have gone insane in the early months with my 3 were it not for my fabulous mother, mother in law and friends, and I was already in my 30s when mine were born.

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Poor little boy. I hope that the Social Services monitor this situation and protect the little one. As for 'children raising children'. It's only the last 10 or 20 years that people started having babies later in life ie their thirties and forties. Parents who abuse their kids come from all walks of life, class and age. There are plenty of top class doting younger parents out there. Unfortunately some people just should 't have kids. And there are couples all over who would make incredible parents but can't have children. Some people just don't know how lucky they are to be blessed with a tiny life. Someone who stomps....& I winced as I typed that.....on a such a small, defenseless child really doesn't have much to offer as a human being. I sincerely hope the mother concerned isn't of the same breed and is strong enough to protect her child from this monster. Social Services need to get their act in gear and extended family need to be involved as much as possible. If I were a grandparent here, I'd be on the bloody warpath.

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Anyone, man or woman, who needs special classes to learn that it's not a good idea to stomp on a baby isn't fit to be let out alone, never mind to be a parent.

People do silly things when at the end of their rope. The problem is that society has done nothing to ensure they never get there. Thus the classes are needed.

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there is a reason why most people say late 20's to 30 is the best time.

And that reason is because people are completely out of touch with the nature of child rearing these days, in our mechanical world ruled by clocks, and since they otherwise receive no training on child and infant care, they tend to do it better after they have reached what is in ancient terms, old age, and have calmed down and experienced enough of life to think of something wiser than "stomp on the baby". Seriously, this ignorance is totally self induced for the purpose of having a solid work force.

As a teen, I babysit my toddler half-brother from my mother's second marriage. It was invaluable experience.

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This guy is a ignorant monster, and NETNINJA brings up a lot of good points. The idea of maternity and paternity leave are foreign. Companies for the most part still expect women to quit (unless they have a government job). Men, getting leave - especially foreign men - good luck getting that paid. This guy is still a child and is frustrated about a lot of things ... obviously. On the other note, @CLEO is exactly right. Western society hospitals are nothing to brag about. If you've had kids here, you'd know the care is a-one and the word CARE is implied at every step - pre to post no matter if you're on your 1st or 2nd child. In Canada, women are sent home the same day of giving birth sometimes or usually the next day. This is crazy! How can they manage? Are they so hopped up on pain killers that they don't feel anything?

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"...was quoted as saying that the child wouldn’t stop crying, and he got angry."

It's this kind of thing that makes me rethink my stance on the 'eye-for-an-eye' POV. This man should have his leg broken in turn and thrown in jail for a while. We'll see who can't stop crying then.

Poor little child. I hope to god they take the kid away and put him with social services, but they probably won't.

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oh my.... yesterday as my way home I saw a very cute child... and I remembered that japan has many incidents where they use violence to make the child stop crying... really cant stand monsters like these

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If there is true justice or karma, we will read next week, that the 21 year old wife of this sick ba@%*rd accidentally drowned in the bath after consuming too much sake.

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Kazuki Hara, was quoted as saying that the child wouldn’t stop crying, and he got angry.

Yeah, well, we know which one is the child, don't we? Seriously, people who do this stuff should be flogged!

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He stomped on his baby son??? Every time think now I have heard it all, I am surprised again. How in the world can a human being do that?

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Why do you limp that way?

Well, when I was 6 months old, my father broke my leg, because I wouldn't stop crying...

For shame!

That man should spend the rest of his life, atoning for this.

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The media isnt attacking anyone Ninja, its the Japanese men doing the attacking of defenceless little kids. As usual.

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Give me 5 mins in a closed room with him. What a piece of crap this guy is.

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Took six weeks to charge this bozo? Mother needs teaching to also. They'll get off I'm sure. Man this society is cold. Life is based on too much culture in Japan.

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I just hope the poor little baby recovers fully. As for the animal who did this? 20 years prison - and let us all hope the other prisoners are made aware that he is a child abuser. No future contact with the child should be allowed.

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I've spent hours holding my baby daughter, trying to put her to sleep. All the while she was bawling her heart out. It was very, very frustrating and tiring, but of course she finally went to sleep. I asked my wife if the same thing happened to her and she said it happened quite often. She got so frustrated that the thought of just dropping the baby on the futon entered her mind. The fact is, she didn't and she never will. Neither will I. Nobody told me that taking care of a baby would be so stressful, but there are things that humans should never do, like stomping on a baby. If you cannot control your emotions, don't reproduce.

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degenerated retards should not be allowed to breed. Strange that one needs permits for everything (including keeping pets), but everyone is freely allowed to have children, even when obviously both parents are way under the average IQ and lack basic parenting capabilities.. Such news always make me sick...

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It seems that young Japanese couples have children without planning. Girls get knocked up here and then marry the dude to make it legal. I guess it's not a love marriage to begin with in these abuse cases. If Japanese guys can't understand that, they ought to keep it in their pants. Then again, maybe the dude was abused himself.

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Put him in a cage with a gorilla, and then perhaps he'll know how the baby felt.

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Its wrong I know, but I am all for an eye for an eye in cases like these. Let someone 10 times his size stomp on his leg and see how it feels. Bet he wouldnt be able to stop crying either.

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Nicky Washida:

" Let someone 10 times his size stomp on his leg and see how it feels. Bet he wouldnt be able to stop crying either. "

I so agree. Some quality time with a greyback gorilla would be called for, for this tough guy.

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Ebonyninja:

" after having a baby, women stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks to learn to care for a baby! "

Who told you that tale? My Japanese wife was out of the hospital with our babies in a matter of days. Same for all our aquaintances.

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ReformedBasherNov. 19, 2011 - 09:55AM JST

"As for this stain, I hope he get's his just deserts. The fact that it has happened twice is proof that he should be nowhere near that kid. His mother should have moved out/kicked him out the first time too."

I think it's a fail to assume only the guy is at fault here... both the father and mother are likely responsible to varying degrees. I mean... come on... 21 year old girl? the most important thing most 21 year olds think about is drinking, making sure their makeup and hair are perfect, and browsing useless blog sites.

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I wish I had the privilege of meeting this "man". Right now my heart is heave for the child but also furious for the weak hearted person man or woman, who would comity such a thing.

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Pardon my typing that was suppose to say heavy

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Well thankfully the stupid keystones did something after the 2nd strike or this little baby might have been having funeral!

There just seems to be too many young twits having babies that just shudnt be now or perhaps ever, too many stupid young males & females & this is the result, wonder what next weeks story will be, wudnt it be nice to hear something good instead of the idiots with kids stories so common since the new millenium started

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This happened 6 weeks ago and they've just arrested him?! The hospital was on the ball, but not the Keystones... @ greendestiny:

Men are not designed for it and the learning curve is hefty for a typical man no matter how "new age" you are. I am sure some people will take issue with that,

yes I take issue- I don't think women are any more designed for it, crying babies are stressful & as bicultural pointed out, his wife was at her wit's end, as I was many times when my little one was young. None of us knows what to do, but it's a huge leap to what this scumbag did. May he rot in hell.
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@Eddisofbextar

I think they are both guilty and neither are fit to be near that child. Sorry if that was not clear.

As for age, no excuse. It's not like they are teenagers. I'm not a perfect dad - I'm pretty strict at times, at least for this generation. But I cannot think of any culture or time period where breaking a baby's leg is normal or acceptable. If he did that to my son, I would ruin his day big time. Trust me on this.

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It's always heart breaking to read stories like this but unfortunately I'm not that shocked anymore. I can't expect anything better from this place. Child protective services are a disgrace. There is NO real protection for children. The keystones refuse to get involved in cases like this until someone gets really injured or die. This society should be ashamed of how they treat children here. Dogs get better treatment, believe me. I'm so sorry for this baby. I can feel his pain.

As for this piece of Smegma that stomped on his little leg, its simple. I'd stomp on both of his legs too. Wait till he recovers and REPEAT, over and over.

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I've got a family. I could never imagine doing that to my own children. It just tears me every time I see a story about an adult who abuses their child, or leaves them in a garbage etc...

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