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Man arrested for scalding 3-year-old stepson with boiling water

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly dousing his three-year-old stepson with boiling water, police said Tuesday. The arrest came after police discovered evidence of what they believe was sustained abuse.

The man and his 28-year-old wife came to the attention of authorities in May of last year when the boy was briefly taken into care after being beaten on his head and body, according to a TV Asahi report. On Oct 29, after having been returned to his family, police say the then two-year-old boy was doused with boiling water, which left him scalded for a month and a half. In November, he sustained new burn injuries to his hands, following which he was taken to hospital.

Hospital staff noticed the scalding on his back and alerted the authorities. The child consultation center interviewed the boy's parents about the source of his injuries and became suspicious. They alerted police in July.

During questioning about the burns on the boy's hands, the man said he made the boy hold a heated bowl. Of the burns on the boy's back, he said he turned the shower up to its hottest setting and sprayed the child because he wouldn't behave.

Although the couple in question have three children, the eldest son, who has been the focus of the abuse, is one of two children fathered by his mother's former husband. It is believed that the boy's older sister, aged 9, by his mother's former marriage, and one-year-old brother, fathered by the accused, have escaped abuse. The boy has now been adopted by one of his mother's relatives.

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On Oct 29,after having been returned to his family, police say the then two-year-old boy was doused with boiling water, which left him scalded for a month and a half. In November, he sustained new burn injuries to his hands, following which he was taken to hospital.

W.. T.. F..

So a two year old was clearly horrifically abused on MORE than two occasions and both times returned to his abuser!! Whilst biting my tongue about it only happening in Japan this sort of news no longer surprises me.

The thing that upsets me most about this story is apparently the "authorities" believe the other siblings escaped the abuse. Uh, hello? You just guess? The other kids will left in the care of these monsters? (Yes, plural, where was the mother while the little boy was being burnt?)

The final nail in the coffin - the child is now adopted by a family member. Great, that's impartial. Maybe step daddy will come and have a cuppa with the family when he gets out of prison next week. Disgusting injustice. Come on Japan. Your children are dying all around you and nobody gives a damn.

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Was eating breakfast, watching Grey's Anatomy that I rented last night, then I happened to stumble upon this headline....

Now I feel like jumping from my own roof in despair, with my big belly and all..

Since I'm overwhelmed with shock and anger, I don't know what to say now. 「・・・・・・・・・・・・・・」

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These types of cases really believe in the "eye for an eye" type of punishment.

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I was appalled by this case and that other case involving the voice actress. Hard to believe that some people are cold-hearted enough to harm defenseless children.

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I hope they get a serve sentence.

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I hope the little love is now living a life filled with hugs, kisses and unconditional love. How could anyone do that to a child. Some people aren't human.

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Because he wouldn't behave.

I'm not condoning violence against others but sometimes I just want to kill some of these scumbags.

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Stories like this are just too distressing. This mum and her new hubby need to be taught a lesson.

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samathq zoe aso:

" I hope the little love is now living a life filled with hugs, kisses and unconditional love "

It does not have to be all hugs and kisses all of the time. Kids can be annoying and need to be disciplined sometimes. But this kind of torture is just unacceptable. Somebody should dunk this sicko husband in boiling water.

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scolding by scalding? JFC. Some days I wish I had a "death note" . People in the dregs of society acting like animals.

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"On Oct 29, after having been returned to his family,...."

This is the problem right here. Why on earth was a clearly abused child returned to the abuser(s)? There is an extreme lack of common sense with this kind of problem, even though it is SLOWLY changing. The child should have been given to child services immediately and unless the woman left the man both should have been given restraining orders against coming near the little guy. I suspect the bigger problem is that the proper authorities just don't want to deal with it; I don't buy the 'A child should be with his parents' argument after the millionth time we've seen this. Once again, we get an after-the-fact "oops!", and a child is scarred for life and then some. Watch them return the child to the family once he heals a little!

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Well, its hard to know exactly what happened if you were not there.

Turning a shower up to its highest setting while futilely trying to deal with a screaming kid could be chalked up to stupidity rather than vicious abuse. I know how high up my shower goes and its 75 degrees and I know its no joke to be blasted with that (even though I have not actually been blasted with it, I know, because I am not stupid).

But then the kid gets new burns and then you know the individual is either sadistic or fixated, and/or incapable of learning or changing. And so they acted.

But it would do no good to never give second chances. If they did that, the country would be teeming with orphans, and they would die in foster care like the poor kid that "fell" down the stairs last week.

Japanese don't want these kids. The world tends to not want them unless they are new born. So I am glad the kid found a home, even if some worry about the family contact. A home is better than no home, and odds are he will be treated more lovingly from now.

And don't presume he is a little angel. There is no excuse for burning him, but he might need more patience than most of us can handle.

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WilliB you are quite right. Kids need to have boundaries in their lives and be disciplined if those boundaries are crossed. Kids also need love to thrive too. I would think after what he's been through he needs to feel safe and secure. It's getting the right balance that isn't always so easy. And I am still in the trenches with 3 young ones. I appreciate how frustrating it is!

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Oracle: "And don't presume he is a little angel."

He's three. I don't know a lot of kids that are 'angels' all the time at that age, especially after the so-called 'terrible twos'. Granted, some put up a fuss more than others, but no kid deserves what this kid got, and so I agree that it's good he got a home that will likely be more loving.

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In November, ... he was taken to hospital.

Hospital staff ... alerted police in July.

Does anything really need to be said here?

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Do unto others and same will be done unto you... is my belief. The kid is to young to retaliate but I would be happy to do it for him. IS THAT BETTER?

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20/20 hindsight is easy by the way. I am sure if I did it, I would get thumbs up too. Honesty is so unpopular.

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May i appologise to the moderator for a post Isent about this little ones plight. It was written in anger. My feelings were aimed towards the powers that be who had intervened and taken the little one into care, only to return him to his parents home to be abused again. It was in no way a reflection towards posters on this site nor towards those who are employed in child protection who carry out their duties in a caring manner, i am relieved that the little one is now in a safe and caring home and the wounds of his past life will heal

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Wow. The timeline on this is just as scary as the child's guardians are (I refuse to call them "parents"):

May 2010: the boy was briefly taken into care after being beaten on his head and body.

October 29, 2010 after having been returned to his family, the two-year-old boy was doused with boiling water, which left him scalded for a month and a half.

November 2010, he sustained new burn injuries to his hands, following which he was taken to hospital. Hospital staff noticed the scalding on his back and alerted the authorities.

Sometime between November 2010 and July 2011: The child consultation center interviewed the boy's parents about the source of his injuries and became suspicious.

July 2011: The child consultation center alerted authorities about the suspcted abuse.

August 23, 2011: The step-father is arrested for scalding his son as a form of punishment.

So it takes 1 1/4 years to arrest someone from the time the abuse was first noted (and was deemed bad enough to temporarily remove the child from the home). Most children in such conditions would have been killed four times over in the same span of time.

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Scratch that, "guardians" is even MORE inappropriate as a descriptor of these people.

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I have no words to describe what I think of people who do this to an innocent child. Of course 3 year olds can be horrible. but there is almost always a reason - tiredness, hunger, sickness, a "phase" or simply bad parenting which I suspect is the case here. But the answer doesnt lie in abuse of any kind. Patience, understanding, firm kindness - all qualities sadly lacking in these animals that abuse children.

I agree Japan is changing slowly - but how many more cases are going to occur like this before this issue really gets taken seriously? And I cant believe I am even writing this but this little guy is one of the "lucky" ones - they found him before it was too late.

STOP this attitude that a child belongs with its parents, regardless of what monsters they may be. Is it not written in the Japanese constitution that every child has a right to a safe upbringing. Where are the lawyers an lawmakers enforcing these rights? Oh, thats right, children cant vote yet. Or donate money.

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Let's scald him in boil water and burn his hands to see what it feels like!! That ass....!! I hope I'm wrong but I feel like the worst is that the boy was given to the family of that woman who in my opinion is as blamed as he is because she witnessed her own child pass through all that suffering in silence so the boy might still have been returned back to a hell of life.. Poor boy! Articles like this make me want to build an enormous house and adopt all these poor children. I have a 4 year old one who's a little devil and he makes me lose my temper often however It's just unbearable to understand how can some people find courage to do such barbaric things to small children or even to an adult.

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Another toddler abused...

Ship him off to a foreign jail where he can enjoy being somebody's girlfriend.

FWIW, it's certainly not just a Japanese thing so people using it to snipe at Japan are showing really bad form. The focus should be on the poor kid and the creep who hurt him.

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What a Horror for this 3yr.old-this all took place at Home,at the hands of a real Sicko! In N.Y.C. this goes on like a vicious cycle,to wit,Child abused Many times before the Child Welfare agency takes the child into foster care.six mos. later,child returned, 2 weeks later Funeral held for child Murdered at the hands of Parents-Beyond Words,freinds. If You See Something, Say Something!

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Agree with other posters. This is disgusting. The poor, poor boy has been scarred for life. My question is, why have all 3 children not been taken away from these scumbags who call themselves parents? (and not just the boy)

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Bartholomew HarteAUG. 25, 2011 - 12:40PM JST What a Horror for this 3yr.old-this all took place at Home,at the hands of a real Sicko! In N.Y.C. this goes on like a vicious cycle,to wit,Child abused Many times before the Child Welfare agency takes the child into foster care.six mos. later,child returned, 2 weeks later Funeral held for child Murdered at the hands of Parents-Beyond Words,freinds. If You See Something, Say Something!

I didn't know the system in the US was like that. Wow! I'm shocked! I guess the Judiciary system in the whole World is to be blamed for not saving those poor kids in time then, If there was just something we could do to fix that..

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The mother probably let the kid run around like a wild animal, and the guy finally decided that enough was enough and did something about it.

No sympathy for the kid.

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THAT IS HORRIBLE! this will become a trauma to that child! I can say that because I was too had the same experience when I was 9 and after almost 20 years every details of the abuse is still fresh from my mind.

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more devils amongst us.

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Very often in these step father step child type situations the new boyfriend is jealous of the childs natural father for having been with the mother and take out there jealous behaviour/anger on the child who represents the father.

These people have serious mental issues and evey single mother needs to be very very careful of who she takes up with for the protection of her children.

Often though lust takes over and any natural protective instincts she may have or should have had fly out the window with the first orgasm.

It is a vey common situation and is not only going on in Japan but all over the world, some men cannot handle there emotions very well and need real help, trouble is it takes episodes of child abuse to find them.

Poor kids!

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It is believed that the boy’s older sister, aged 9, by his mother’s former marriage, and one-year-old brother, fathered by the accused, have escaped abuse.

Very often in these step father step child type situations the new boyfriend is jealous of the childs natural father for having been with the mother and take out there jealous behaviour/anger on the child who represents the father.

@ExportExpert: I tend to agree with your comments. If you look at the first quote, you see that the daughter by the first marriage has not been abused. I would bet that is not the case. I hate to say it, but I do fear that she has probably been the victim of some type of unwanted sexual abuse. If he can do this to one child that is not his, I can't imagine that he wouldn't do it to the other. This is the case with many situations like this.

I hope that they took the rest of the kids away from them.

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Alphaape

Yes totally and actually i was going to mention about the step daughter being sexually abused but got distracted by the phone and didnt finish my previous post as i was going to.

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@ExprtExpert: Sad to say it would fit the pattern. He physically abuses the womans son by her ex due to the reasons you mentioned. If he is mentally unstable enough to do that, I would imagine that to humiliate step daughter, he would go one step further and force her into sex. Sad but it is probably true.

I know these things shouldn't matter, but I have to ask, what type of job this guy had and what was his backgrournd. Not to say that a "company man" with a college degree and white collar job couldn't have done this, but you can probably take a look at both of these persons backgrounds and probably pick up indicators that this would likely happen.

Really a sad case for the kids.

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