Police in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 25-year-old man for inflicting serious injury on his 2-year-old son with an air gun.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Takazumi Nakajima, had been shooting his son over a period of one month with an air gun, Sports Nippon reported.
Police quoted Nakajima as saying that he had shot his son after getting angry at him for "repeatedly changing the TV channels." The young child's body was marked with dozens of 6 millimeter impact wounds after being hit by plastic bullets fired from his father's air gun.
On Tuesday at around 5:25 p.m., Nakajima began shooting his son when his wife, 29, walked in. In an attempt to shield her son, she was also caught in the crossfire leaving her with injuries necessitating one week of recovery, police said.
The couple took the boy to hospital for treatment of his wounds. After examining the welts which covered the boy from his head to the lower half of his body, hospital staff called police, Sports Nippon reported.
According to the prefectural child consultation center, no previous reports of child abuse have been made against Nakajima.© Japan Today