A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally abusing his 35-year-old girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter, during the first session of his lay jury trial at the Okayama District Court.
According to the indictment, Seiji Funabashi abused Mao Nishida who died due to hypoxic encephalopathy in 2022, Kyodo News reported Thursday.
Prosecutors said Funabashi stripped the girl naked and punched her face several times between Sept 8 and Sept 25, 2021, while her mother, Aya Nishida, did nothing to stop him.
The court heard that the child was also forced to stand in a large pot for a long time with her fingers in her mouth.
On September 25, Funabashi wrapped Mao in a futon and left her inside a closet for about an hour and 20 minutes.
The child died from hypoxic encephalopathy in January 2022.
Her mother has also been arrested and charged with causing death by confinement.© Japan Today