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Man arrested for fatally abusing 4-year-old daughter

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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.

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I'm begging the judges to step up and do what's right, NO SUSPENDED SENTENCE! She was a human being, not a possession.

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Eh? He kicked her in the leg and she went into cardio-respiratory arrest? Is that even possible? I fear this goon did a lot more to her than just kick her I the leg. I reckon he smothered her and doesn't have the guts to admit to it. Please remove this animal from society for a long long time!

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For gods sakes. When will people learn that physical and mental abuse do not correct the behaviour of a child.

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So the neighbour could hear the little girl crying, but the mother heard nothing? She looks almost as guilty as the father, if you ask me.

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What a worthless animal he deserves to be beat to death no mercy.

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@wontond

So the neighbour could hear the little girl crying, but the mother heard nothing? She looks almost as guilty as the father, if you ask me.

Well obviously (as one reader kindly pointed out to me recently) I wasn't there so I do not know what really happened but I DO know that the mother "could have been" scared stiff of her husband and preferred to "hide"..

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Lack of knowledge on the parents' part contributes to these incidents. Parents aren't usually trained to 'parent'. They usually go by the way they were brought up. Often people who suspect abuse don't report it because they're concerned about their careers, or afraid they won't have proof. Actually, they should be concerned about the child.

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Disillusioned, if (and that's a HUGE if) the father's story is correct in that he kicked the leg, the kick could have been hard enough to cause muscular bruising. The bruise could have led to a clot, which broke off and became a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) that went to the heart, causing the heart attack.

I agree with you that there was probably a lot more than what the father said, but that is how a leg kick could lead to heart attack.

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Police said they had received a report and visited the apartment once and spoke with the parents.

And the police did nothing, as is so often happens with what they consider "domestic issues" here.

In some cases a visit by law enforcement that results in no action on their part sends a message of tacit approval to the perpetrator, actually causing the person to ramp up his/her abusive behavior. If this is the case here, it is possible that the mother also felt she had no recourse, knowing full well that the police and child welfare authorities would turn a blind eye and refuse to help.

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In some cases a visit by law enforcement that results in no action on their part sends a message of tacit approval to the perpetrator, actually causing the person to ramp up his/her abusive behavior.

Have you got some supporting evidence for this claim?

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... autopsy please. I'm sorry, but the odds of a reasonably healthy little girl dying from a kick to the calf are... well, they're millions to one. Kids that age regularly take big falls of playground equipment, run full-speed into door handles, and sustain injuries that would have an adult whimpering in pain for days... and the kid is back up and running around after 10 minutes of snuggling and a therapeutic kiss.

There's something else going on here.

Disillusioned, if (and that's a HUGE if) the father's story is correct in that he kicked the leg, the kick could have been hard enough to cause muscular bruising. The bruise could have led to a clot, which broke off and became a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) that went to the heart, causing the heart attack.

In an adult? ... maybe... if there were complicating factors like obesity, or poor circulation, or drug use. But DVT in a kid? Normally there's be no chance. Kids simply move too much, and their circulation is amazing.

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He's 43? How can he not know better?

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However, the girl showed no signs of having been physically abused, they said.

Strange indeed... Some people here need to read the full article before starting a witch hunt from the headlines.

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David Varnes - Nice stretch of the imagination. However, if your bizzar theory is true she would have been screaming in agony for the hours hat it took the blood clot to reach her heart.

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People like this should've been stripped of their reproductive rights...

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What's the world coming to nowadays. A man here killing his own daughter, three dead infants killed in Massachussetts; how can all of these parents kill their own children and not allow them a decent sort of life?

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He needs to be put in jail for 15 years, but the JP system will give him 4 or 5 years... it's pathetic, you get more jail time for stealing a pekochan than family murder.

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Saitama again. I was wrong when I said to Angus it would be 'the next day' a couple of days back. It was more like 2 days. In any case, he's correct in this case that sick crimes happen elsewhere as well, and this kind of thing in particular -- mother and father killing kids, or kids killing parents -- is happening FAR too often in this nation. Every week we hear about quite a few cases of deranged parents doing this, and if the parents haven't offed themselves while taking their kids with them they get next to nothing by way of punishment. Gogogo is absolutely right in that respect: Dad will get a mere couple of years for this, while mom, who allowed it to happen, will get nothing at all.

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Be nice to have both of these EVIL BASTARDS, stupid mother and violent father both given the DEATH PENALTY!! RIP poor Little 4 year old girl in crappy Saitama.

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What a tragedy! Once again, introduce obligatory psychological tests finally for people before they may become parents! If they fail, no children allowed for them! Some people, like this father have no right to have children.

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@Disiilusioned. He kicked her in the leg and she went into cardio-respiratory arrest? Is that even possible? It is not cardio-respiratory arrest. The proper term is pulmonary embolism and yes it is possible if the leg was hit with sufficient force and the person was immobile for a few hours. The blood clots and then goes the the lungs. It is a problem with people who have leg fractures. As an RN I had to watch people carefully who had fractured femures as a blood clot could develop and cause a pulmonary embolism. I was able to save one woman because I knew the signs and a pulmonary embolism must be treated within 10 minutes or the person will die. So Yes it is possible and he must have kicked her very hard.

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Why is everyone so stuck on the "kicked in the leg" comment and the medical ramifications. He had to confess to something to explain her condition. I'm sure he probably beat her (and the mom) on a regular basis.

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sensei258Sep. 15, 2014 - 09:38AM JST Why is everyone so stuck on the "kicked in the leg" comment and the medical ramifications. He had to confess to something to explain her condition. I'm sure he probably beat her (and the mom) on a regular basis.

Read the article, it says there were no other signs of abuse.

This may simply be a guilt-stricken dad saying to the police that he felt incredibly bad because he kicked her, and them deciding, "Yay! Easy case and easy bonus!!".

Because that's the problem with the police force in Japan, they get paid bonuses to create murders where there aren't any, they control the evidence and the medical facts here are dubious.

Kent McgrawSep. 14, 2014 - 05:28PM JST @Disiilusioned. He kicked her in the leg and she went into cardio-respiratory arrest? Is that even possible? It is not cardio-respiratory arrest. The proper term is pulmonary embolism and yes it is possible if the leg was hit with sufficient force and the person was immobile for a few hours.

With all due respect, cardio-respiratory arrest is correct, with the underlying cause of the cardiopulmonary arrest being a cardiac or pulmonary embolism.

And since there are no other signs of abuse (like signs of restraint), I'd like you to show me a 4 year old that stays still for more than 10 minutes.

The blood clots and then goes the the lungs.

And this is where you jump to conclusions. We don't know it was the lungs, it could have been the heart, brain or lungs. All three could have caused cardiopulmonary arrest.

As an RN I had to watch people carefully who had fractured femures as a blood clot could develop and cause a pulmonary embolism.

I sincerely doubt you're a RN if you don't know that an embolism is a cause, and cardiopulmonary arrest is a symptom. It is a mistake that could be excused in a layperson, but not in a medical practitioner.

I was able to save one woman because I knew the signs and a pulmonary embolism must be treated within 10 minutes or the person will die. So Yes it is possible and he must have kicked her very hard.

Nonsense. The speed at which the clot moves is variable, and depends on shape, size and where it is located. Frequently clots will lodge briefly, then be dislodged as blood pressure rises, and this will often repeat sometimes a great many times. There is no "10 minutes and you're dead" rule.

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Damn animal!

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"No other signs of abuse" means they didn't see any, it doesn't necessarily mean there were none. Do you think they actually examined her? I bet they just glanced at her from across the room.

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sensei258Sep. 15, 2014 - 04:18PM JST "No other signs of abuse" means they didn't see any, it doesn't necessarily mean there were none. Do you think they actually examined her? I bet they just glanced at her from across the room.

You're probably right. Police officers aren't medical professionals. However this also means they can't be sure of the father's kick being the cause of death. It might have been an allergic reaction to something, a sip of water that got into her lungs (so-called "dry drowning"), or any of a dozen other things.

You can't have it both ways sensei258. You can't assume the police missed something obvious like bruise marks, and assume they got something far more complex, like cause of death, correct.

In fact I'd trust the police to notice bruises, I wouldn't trust them to diagnose cause of death, so Occam's razor suggests that this case is so thin that it could only go to court in Japan.

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A blood clot can be fatal in the brain, the heart, or the lungs. So yes, a single kick to the leg of a child by an adult can be fatal. Not PROBABLE, but certainly possible.

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fatally abusing =murder

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This book indicates thrombosis can result from a kick to the calf.

Also, given the target is a little kid, maybe the pain of being hit on a nerve, on top of adult screaming at her, was enough to throw her into distress.

google: kick pressure point in calf

hit on google books, "The Secrets of Kyusho - Pressure Point Fighting", p. 214: http://tinyurl.com/psua2ha

(Section) 5.10 Calves

(photos for left/right legs showing long target point running along the fat of the calf, little pressure point between calf and back of shinbone on outside of leg)

Attack: Kick, pressure (edge of the foot, shinbone, thumb)

Effects: ... Rear side of the calf: Nervus tibialus, nervus suralis ... Inside of the calf: Branches of the nervus suralis ... Outer side of the calf: Nervus peroneaus communus ..

... nerve pain can be felt ... There is also a risk of thrombosis when a kick causes a traumatic injury. ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrombosis

Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel, obstructing the flow of blood through the circulatory system.

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Any thoughts on this as the headline: "Father arrested for fatal assault on 4 year old daughter" instead of it being quoted, "Man arrested for fatally abusing....." I strongly believe it will inflict more validity to the story and hopefully lead to a jail conviction than the latter, it doesn't convey the same impact, iwouldn't you agree.

RIP little girl, my thoughts and prayers goes out to you and those who loved you!!

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gogogoSEP. 14, 2014 - 02:40PM JST He needs to be put in jail for 15 years, but the JP system will give him 4 or 5 years... it's pathetic, you get more jail time for stealing a pekochan than family murder.

15 years?!?!? Considering that women in Japan, on average, live to what - 80 or so? He needs to be put in jail for the number of potential years he snuffed out - if not hung.

Sheesh. Talk about leniency for savage criminals.

Agree on the pathetic B.S. sentences here for murder of one's own children here, though.

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