Japan Today

Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child's release from care


A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Wakayama for allegedly beating his 2-year-old son to death, police said.

According to police, Kazuki Hara was arrested after his son Seri died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to a violent attack in July.

Fuji TV quoted a child welfare spokesperson as saying that the boy was taken into care in 2011 after Hara allegedly stomped on him and broke several of his bones. However, the District Public Prosecutor's Office found that Hara's guilt could not be proven and ordered a suspension of indictment.

While Seri was in care, welfare officials said he met with his father 25 times and stayed at his home on 35 separate occasions. It was deemed safe for Seri to return to his father in June of this year. He died a month and a half later, police said.

Police said Hara has so far denied intent to injure his son.

© Japan Today

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

"District Public Prosecutor’s Office found that Kazuki’s guilt could not be proven and ordered a suspension of indictment."

Now you Dumb Bast**ds will have to live with that for the rest of your idiotic lives. Oh yeah, give the kid back to the lunatic father...good one.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

the District Public Prosecutor's Office found that Hara's guilt could not be proven

So how did they explain away the poor little boy's injuries?

11 ( +13 / -2 )

RIP poor little boy.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

news like this enrages me. how in the world can you beat a defenseless child. this man/animal deserves to be executed.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

@maria: my thoughts exactly.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Maybe I am not reading this correct. While Seri was in care, welfare officials said he met with his father 25 times and stayed at his home on 35 separate occasions. How could he only meet with his father 25 times and yet stay with him 35 separate times?

Moderator: The father came to see him at the welfare facility 25 times and he was allowed to go home for short stays with his father on 35 other occasions.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Probably the only type of situation the prosecutors/police should've forced a confession or framed him!! RIP little boy.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Police said Hara has so far denied intent to injure his son. 

I believe him. His intent wasn't to injure the kid, his intention was to KILL the kid. Un-freakin-believable! If he was anywhere near me, it have to be an eye for an eye!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I hope he is charged with murder and not involuntary manslaughter.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Let me alone with this piece of trash of a " Father", and I will bring the boy some American "Street Justice", RIP little guy.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Whole problem with this is...nothing will change. The system is flawed and it will keep being this flawed because no one person can make his/her own decision. There was a decision made but it sure wasn't in the best interest of this child's health and well being

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sorry as I feel for the boy and angry as I feel at the father, it sounds like the welfare people busted their butt. They are still going to get some cases wrong.

At least they are not on over-kill with taking kids away from families for the slightest questionable parenting only to have them die in foster care like some places.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

My son turned 2 last week, and he is going to get an extra big hug from me when I get home tonight. I can't help thinking that there's no place left in society, including prison, for this 26 year old 'man'.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Let me clarify the "Not Proven" clause. This is a general and broad issue with Japanese policy-making including legal issues. The issue is that only 0% and 100% cases are deemed as facts. If something is 1% to 99% possible, it is unproven and a decision cannot be made. They are incapable of using common sense and making a decision in that range. So the poor child was returned to a psycho because they were only 95% sure that was the case. I feel disgusted already ...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

He is a monster, enough said. RIP Seri

2 ( +2 / -0 )

May the boy rest in peace and justice is served to his father for his cruelty.

If the father had abused the boy before, they should of been bright enough to realize he would be on his best behavior when the child was visiting. Once the child was turned over it was sadly bound to happen, people who hurt innocent children often do not change.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

"Let me alone with this piece of trash....."

Right. Because this kind of juvenile drivel will do so much to make everything all right again....

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

And this piece of trash had 4 kids...WTF ??

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It may seemed like someone has changed, but really they haven't.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Absolutely terrible. I understand proof is needed, but the system has failed on so many levels it's disturbing.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

This dude deserves to rot in prison and rot in hell after that. I think the Devil's Assistant above me will help with that, right?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

The death penalty is still too good for scum like this bastard down in Wakayama!! RIP little boy NMRK

1 ( +5 / -4 )

RIP to the little boy T_T...

I hope the father rots in hell forever!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Perhaps we should cause the parents to suffer the same "punishments" as they give their children? Here, let's burn you with that cigarette a few times. Oh, want a few broken ribs too? How about a spiral fracture to the arm? Concussion anyone? OK, now it's time for the fractured skull and internal bleeding.....

And my all time favorite, lock them in a car in the sun during a 34C day....

It won't make everything all right again but there will be one less scum to repeat offend. It's the only rational argument for the death penalty.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I am stunned and speechless about growing occurrence where ill prepared parents tragically killing their own child. Many young adults who are faced with unplanned pregnancies feel trapped and helpless to deal with challenges of raising a child. Unless proper educational and financial interventions are put in place bu Govt to support young parents especially single parents we will painfully continue to witness these tragic episode that could have a terminal influence in future of Japan.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

" Hang 'em High :

0 ( +2 / -2 )

doumo, I'm not sure I consider 26 to be a young adult with an unplanned pregnancy. If this was some 17 y/o kid I could see your point but 26?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don't see any mention of a mother. Anyone know about that?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is where I believe the death penalty should be applied

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Once again the system has failed an innocent, defenseless child. RIP

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The mother was mentioned on the news. They are married and there were 4 children. She and the eldest child were out when the dad committed this vile crime.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

he said he never do anything, so who does?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Hara's guilt could not be proven

How about now? Rip kid

1 ( +1 / -0 )

japan...i loved you so much before but these things are sooo much common over there nowdays....i fear you now :(

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

rip little guy

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Tears and prayers for little angel.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

My heart aches when I read stories like these. Poor Seri. I hope the sick bastard doesn't get off easy again this time.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

A couple of hard questions need to be asked. One - what happens to some of these people when they're growing up that turns them into such fiends, and two - why do the authorities keep failing to protect others from them. I suspect, however, that the authorities just find it preferable to pretend the problem doesn't exist as it's just too troublesome to do anything about.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think the Devil's Assistant above me will help with that, right?

That's one request that I honestly wish I could do .

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites