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Man arrested for beating 3-year-old daughter after he loses at video game

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Police on Thursday arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly beating his 3-year-old daughter in a fit of anger after he lost while playing a video game on his TV at his home in Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Yukihiko Sakata, was at home with his daughter on the night of Aug 7. He told police he was absorbed in the video game and got so upset when he lost that he hit his daughter in the head with a plastic toy, Fuji TV reported. When Sakata's wife came home from work, she noticed bruising around the girl's left eye and took her to hospital. Hospital officials notified the police.

Police said the girl suffers from a congenital illness and that there were marks on her body indicating she may been abused before, Fuji reported.

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He should be charged with attempted murder rather than the ordinary criminal charge of inflicting bodily injury.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Yeah this guy should be locked up. Anyone who beats children is disgusting.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

What a fricken idiot...he needs to go away for away, and the mother needs to rethink her relationship with this guy before the daughter really gets hurt

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I'll never understand why women stay on with this sort of man.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Lock him up, throw away the key. Better yet, put him in a cell with a criminal that hates child abusers.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I wonder what game it was?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

I wish they would show this heros photo so everyone can see what an utter pathetic loser looks like.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Good job Hospital officials!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

That poor little girl. I cannot understand anyone ever beating one's own child, even under extreme circumstances like losing at something as world shaking as a video game. The guy is total pond scum in my book.

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I wish they would show this heros photo so everyone can see what an utter pathetic loser looks like.

Yeah; Name, photo, place of employment. This is a case for good old vigilantism.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Stupid...poor child. sigh just a video game.

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Its hard to tell whether he hit her out of vengeance for disturbing him or if it was just an unthinking emotional reaction. I once hit my little one when he bit my arm. Man, it hurt! Pain like that my reflexive action is to swat what is biting me. Luckily I did not hit so hard, but I felt bad anyway. Just seeing him cry causes me pain.

And I can get pretty angry playing games too. I sometimes pound tables and knock things over. And since some people cheat by using aimbots, maybe you can understand my frustration when me and my team just get completely steamrolled which is not really possible. But my little one is never in the same room when I play. Did he not mean to hit her? I don't know.

All I know for sure is, its time for him to take up a new hobby. I hope the girl will be fine and I hope the other marks were not caused from abuse. But if he is guilty of intentional abuse, lock him up.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

What a loser!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

..... I am angry at these types of news and they seem to be on the rise. I am totally speechless. C'mon Japan....you are losing your soul from within... how sad.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Ugh...right here in my town! she could have been one of my students..

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@Probie whack-a-mole

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I cannot understand anyone ever beating one's own child, even under extreme circumstances like losing at something as world shaking as a video game.

I don't know, I've had some pretty traumatizing games of ExciteBike...

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The daughter has a congenital illness. Gotta suspeect that's the real reason for thwacking her on the head. The video game sounds like a made up excuse. Child care authorities need to keep on top of this one.

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Unfortunately, child bashers never get caught first time round. I have no doubt this kid has been abused before. Let's just hope she doesn't have to endure it anymore. Good job on the mother's part for bringing it to the attention of a doctor and authorities.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yeah; Name, photo, place of employment. This is a case for good old vigilantism.

hope youre being sarcastic. If not, change your handle to gaijinlastcentury.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

I hope this creep gets to play a new game inside, 'hide-the-sausage with Mr.Big'

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TokyoHipHop at Aug. 24, 2012 - 10:26AM JST Stupid...poor child. sigh just a video game.

Folks, let's not be misled by misleading news reporting. This tragic incident is not the result of a video game AT ALL.

The game was only the trigger to what's really going in with this man and his relationship with his daughter. Forget the game was mentioned, it's included only to get a reaction ot of us.

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Aside from being totally disgusted I'm worried this man's problems might run much deeper if he can lose a video game to a three year old. Either that or she's a pro.

...That'd be pretty cool.

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The little girl had other marks on her body? Surely mum isn't unaware of this?

This monster needs locking up for a long, long time.

Scum like this aren't unique to Japan... there was a man at the local supermarket who was grappled to the ground and taken to the police by shoppers for punching a little girl for talking to herself.

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What a disgusting maggot - he needs at least 25 years in prison. No future contact with the girl should be allowed. He should not be permitted to even live within 1km of any children when he is released. Anyway, any "man" at the age of 39 playing video games is a deadbeat and needs to grow up.

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I don't believe his video game story. The hospital would not inform the police unless they were pretty sure it was case of systematic child beating. I've got a feeling he's been beating this kid regularly...not, as he is trying to make out, a one-off case of his getting angry at losing at a video game.

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Surprised I was thumbed down... weird.

Anyway, it's those other marks on her body the police need to investigate. I doubt this was a one-off.

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billyshears

Anyway, any "man" at the age of 39 playing video games is a deadbeat and needs to grow up.

You may be surprised to learn that 25% of video game players are over 50, and the average video-gamer age in the US is 37 (probably similar in Jp). Video games are accepted as much an adult pastime, as a child's.

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Heck, I am 45 and been playing with the same team for over 15yrs, many guys are my senior with family Many of the old-timers played for decades.

The gaming is not the problem here but that he couldn't control himself and took it out on his daughter.

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I can understand how people can be so absorbed into a game and get frustrated when things don't go your way. But as a parent we need to be mature enough and set examples to our children. You can be the kind of person that accepts defeat and show good sportsmenship or be the kind of person that walks away and counts to 10 or infinite till the blood stops rushing to your head and think rationally again.

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@DentShop:

I cant disgree more. Any kind of real man wants to protect women and children. And if "It takes a village to raise a child" sometimes it takes a group of angry dads to bring another one into line. If you are beating a 3 yr old enough to leave bruises on their face, you need to have your behavior modified with a baseball bat. Reward and respect good behavior and punish bad behavior, simple as that. If hell beat his own child in the face with a toy, whats stopping him from doing worse to someone elses?

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What's up with the 39-year-old men picking on children now? First the guy beating up his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, now this!

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You know, we used to hear excuses of 'Because I couldn't pay the rent' or ' We didn't have any money to pay the electricity bill' as a lame attempt to try to possibly justify beating a vulnerable Blue little being ....who just coincidentally relied upon you for their survival. Now it's because 'I lost at a game'. Pretty.much sums up society these days worldwide. Most of them don't even know they are born. Totally sickening to the core.

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I am with Ayesha.

It sounds like a made-up excuse, one step away from "she ran into the doorknob". The congenital illness, or something is probably the real reason. It's just plain child abuse.

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This guy is a horrible excuse of a father!! Stupid bastard!!!! Good on the mother and hospital staff!!

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We were out recently with our children, and saw a mother, not young - say 40 something, with her little under 5 year old daughter, and a much much younger man whom she was all over. The girl irritated her by wanting to talk, and she punched the girl with a closed fist on top of her head so hard it made a thudding sound and the child burst into tears. I was beyond disgusted, and told her so, but noone seemed to want to do anything about it. Other people saw and they just didnt seem to give a damn. What can I say, the Japanese Ive seen appear to be the most terrible parents, and children rank much lower than the love lives of their mothers, it would appear.

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No more video games for this rat!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Crazy Daddy !!!

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