Police in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 43-year-old man for fatally abusing his 4-year-old daughter.
According to police, Michio Nishizawa, a self-employed businessman, kicked his daughter Misaki's right calf last Wednesday night. TV Asahi reported that late Thursday, the girl's condition suddenly took a turn for the worst and she was having respiratory difficulties. Nishizawa called an ambulance but Misaki was in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest by the time it arrived.
Misaki was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after.
Police said the girl's 30-year-old mother was present in the house during the incident, but has claimed she was in another room and didn't hear anything.
Nishizawa told police he had kicked his daughter because she had been misbehaving and not listening to him.
Meanwhile, a neighbor was quoted by media as saying that a child had been heard crying loudly in Nishizawa's apartment on July 30 and Aug 30. Police said they had received a report and visited the apartment once and spoke with the parents. However, the girl showed no signs of having been physically abused, they said.© Japan Today