Mother arrested after 1-year-old daughter, left in car, dies of heatstroke


Police in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of parental neglect resulting in death after she left her one-year-old daughter in her car, resulting in the child’s death from heatstroke.

According to police, Yurina Okoshi, a bar employee, left her daughter Mion in her car in the parking lot at their apartment building for about 30 minutes on Thursday morning, Fuji TV reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the outside temperature at the time was 31.5 degrees.

Police said Okoshi had gone to a friend’s residence after her work finished at around 7 a.m. on Thursday to pick up Mion and her three-year-old sister. When they arrived home, Okoshi remained in the car and slept for about three hours. Mion was in the front passenger's seat and her sister in the back seat. After waking up at around 10:10 a.m., Okoshi took her oldest daughter into their apartment, and got changed. But she did not come back for Mion until 30 minutes later.

When Okoshi returned to the car, she noticed Mion had lost consciousness and called 119. Mion was taken to a hospital where she later died due to heatstroke, doctors said.

Police said Okoshi told them she left the car air conditioner on, but since her arrest, has remained silent on why she waited 30 minutes to go back to the car to pick up Mion.

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just let the mother sit in hot car for a few hours.

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Every summer unfit/stupid parents are exposed. Rest in peace Mion, wish you were born to someone better.

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All because the mother didn’t know how to count to two……….so sad.

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Is it okay to blame the woman this time?

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Three hour nap? Car running the whole time? Must have been extremely groggy after taking a nap as long as a half night’s sleep. Little kids never take naps that long. But if she shut the car off, temperature will rise super fast.

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There are some people who just shouldn’t breed, for the sake of the gene pool.

Unfortunately, this usually only becomes clear after something like this happens.

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100% Neglect. Terrible.

Moving forward all new cars should have sensors that can detect people inside and temperature. When it exceeds a certain level the windows and doors should open automatically. Because some people shouldn't have children!

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Every year, and not only in Japan, during hot summer season there are irresponsible parents who do not understand how hot it will become in a car - how can you be so ignorant with the well-being of your own child?

Similar reports are also known about dogs and other animals left in cars during hot summer season.

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Three hour nap? Car running the whole time? Must have been extremely groggy after taking a nap as long as a half night’s sleep. Little kids never take naps that long. But if she shut the car temperature will rise super fast.

You must not have any kids. Our 1 year old naps 3 hours every day

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

I read the headline but I can't bear to actually read the story. This is just too sad. RIP little girl.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

I managed to raise two kids without killing either. Key point: DON'T LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

You never know.

The police makes up stories, false evidence and force confessions.

In a western country you get contrasted information, but not in here.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

This happens every summer in Japan..

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There is a law where I now live in New Zealand that a child may never be left in a car without an adult.

I have never seen a child alone in a car here.

Is there no such law in Japan?

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... and all over the world... unfortunately.

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Some people just should Never Ever have kids or even be near them.

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She'll get two years in prison, if that. Probably she'll get the sympathy parade sentence of "suffered enough", especially if she has other kids she needs to "tend" to.

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This happens every summer in Japan..

Not only in Japan, in 'murikkka happens a lot !!..

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There is something missing from this article. It doesn’t make sense. The kid was in a car park, the aircon was on and she was only in the car for 30 minutes? There is some BS in these statements.

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Drunk and forgot about kids

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Happens every summer the world over. It’s gotten to where there are signs in the grocery store letting people know that the temp in a car can rise up to a degree a minute in direct sunlight.

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My guess is that Okoshi-san is as close to suicide as she will ever be in her life. She will live with this, regret this, cry over this until she dies. There is NO Human abuse that could be meted out to her by the normal cruelty of dead minds than what she will endure her entire future existence. Condemnation here shows only a complete deficiency of one of Mankind's most necessary behavioral components: Empathy/Sympathy. We are not perfect, a one of us. And, sometimes what seems just routine and in need of only casual attention becomes disaster beyond our most horrible imaginings. If we could fully enter her current mental state we might easily emerge insane. Bark your noise, mindless. But PRAY that the imperfection of Human existence does not visit you as it has this poor destroyed fellow Human...

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What a sad story. The poor family, this is the kind of thing that some families never get past.

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Another sad story. I bet the Mummy was busy on smartphone thus delay in returning to the car. She herself is still a child.

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WTF is wrong with people?

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totally unrensponsible manner.

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Pachinko parlors have signs in their places warning parents to not leave the kids in their cars.

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If she did leave the AC on in the car, the engine would have had to be on.

did she leave the car keys or did she have keyless go? With keyless go you can leave the car and it will remain on, but you can’t lock it.

meaning either someone could have taken the car and kid or at least open the car and take the kid. That is also neglect, if her story is true.

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You have to wonder about the whole scenario here. Mom works in a bar till 7AM. She then drives her kids home from a friend's place. That already sounds like a recipe for disaster. But then she leaves the kids in the car? It really does sound like these kids were not her first priority.

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Too many stones thrown against this woman. The article says 30 minutes but it could have been 20 (or 40). She didn't forget the kid while going to play pachinko, went shopping or sleeping for three hours. She was upstairs taking care of the other kid.

It may not have been a great idea, as it turned out but it was an unfortunate accident.

Maybe there should be a law in Japan like the one letsberealistic mentioned that would help prevent parents from leaving infants alone in cars.

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Every summer the same story. So sad.

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As someone who once loaded my groceries into my car and then forgot my five-month baby in the shopping cart and DROVE ALL THE WAY HOME BEFORE I NOTICED, I can perfectly understand how something like this can happen. (I was not drunk or on drugs at the time, nor do I have any physical or mental challenges -- I was simply exhausted & distracted.) Poor baby, poor mother, poor family.

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What was she did in that 30 mins? no one's die in the car if the aircon is on.

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This woman, OKASHI YURINA, did not do this on purpose and, if in fact the AC was on in the car and it was 7am, actually took what she thought to be adequate measures to keep her baby safe. It might do well to have an autopsy done to see if, in fact, her child did die of hyperthermia or, perhaps, inadequate medical care. Did the EMTs pack her in ice, was the ambulance air conditioned, how long between the call and arrival of the EMTs, how long to the care facility, any number of factors could have intervened and, still, she would be blamed. The child was alive and died in the hospital, NOT the car according to this article.

For all of those who have somehow perfected perfection and cannot see Human beings and our limited ability to deal with ALL that is required by Life of us at all times, but only their own 'perfection', please consider Fukushima...or the Titanic or the Hindenberg or Challenger or ... ... ... ... or even the last time a bone broke or a crash into someone or ... at what age does it become apparent that 'probability' and Human imperfection rule us ALL?

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Rest in peace little baby.

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