A mother and two other family members living in a house in Kamagaya City, Chiba Prefrecture, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of abusing the woman's five-year-old daughter.
The woman, Miho Kawazu, 22, and two other unidentified family members were arrested for allegedly punching and kicking the girl in a stream of abuse that reportedly began in December 2008. In July 2009, Kawazu brought the girl to a hospital in Kashiwa City, and at that time, the doctor reported to police that he thought the girl's condition was strange.
Kawazu was quoted as saying that she hit the girl as a form of discipline because "she kept wetting herself outside of the bathroom."
Police did not say why it took them until now to make an arrest and added that the investigation is still under way as the three have given conflicting statements.© News reports