Police in Ichikikushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture, have arrested a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of abusing her four-year-old daughter.
According to police, Mayo Nokuo, a part-time employee, allegedly assaulted her daughter on several occasions between Jan 14 and Jan 16, Fuji TV reported. On Jan 22, a staff member at a daycare center, where Nokuo’s daughter routinely goes, noticed her injuries and immediately notified child welfare officials about a case of suspected abuse. The girl was taken into protective custody on Jan 22.
Police said the girl had about 100 scars on her hips, other parts of her body and bruises on her head.
Police said Nokuo has denied the charge and quoted her as saying, “I’ve never raised a finger against my daughter.”
Nokuo lives with her husband and three children. Police did not say whether the two other children had been abused or not.© Japan Today