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Mother arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter

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Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly hitting her one-month-old daughter in the head, rendering her unconscious, at their apartment.

According to police, Reika Suzuki hit her daughter Riana on the head multiple times with her hands from late January to mid-February, Sankei Shimbun reported. The abuse came to light when Suzuki brought Riana to a hospital on Feb 15. Staff reported the case to a child consultation center, which contacted the police the next day.

Doctors said the child suffered a fractured skull and remains unconscious.

Police said Suzuki has admitted to abusing her daughter and quoted her as saying, “I hit her many times due to stress from child-rearing and household chores.”

Suzuki’s husband told police he was unaware that his wife had been beating Riana during the day while he was at work.

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Mr KiplingFeb. 19  01:11 pm JST

Sir Bentley...... You don't have a nanny? I can't imagine life without domestic help.

You mean like a slave? No! We handle our on problems on our own.

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I hope you do not promote childlessness as a way of life for everybody.

I think anyone who read what I wrote would immediately understand that I in no way said or implied that. Didn’t realize it was so controversial to say that people ought to do some careful thinking on whether or not they’re in a good position to be taking care of a new life before doing so.

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We just don't know.

That's a good point. We can only comment from our own experiences.

My own experience of raising kids in Japan was the large level of support from neighbors. Maybe we were just lucky in where we lived where many neighbors were also having/raising young kids. I'm fairly sure if any of us had mistreated our kids, neighbors (friends) would have stepped in or reported the issue. And so I wonder how lonely the mother in the article must have been.

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Victoria Maude:

As for us childfree folks "taking ourselves out of the gene pool", I've never understood the tragedy in this. We exist to perform good deeds and leave positive effects on the world, not merely replicate our DNA

Well, that is a philosophical position, but biologically our sex drive and our natural instinct to protect our children exist to continue our DNA. If you lack that, fine. Some people leave the gene pool, and that is OK. However, you still rely on others to provide the children to pay your pension and take care of you in old age, so I hope you do not promote childlessness as a way of life for everybody.

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Please lord get the child away from this woman immediately, and lock her up -- or at least put her in a mental institution until she gets help. Give the child to a family that would ACTUALLY love and care for her.

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“I hit her many times due to stress from child-rearing and household chores.”

The child has only just been born and you have started hitting her around her head at this young age? disgusting! this is only the start of her life it does not get any easier, even when they grow up, they are still a pain!

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As usual, we don't know what caused all this, what kind of life and pressures she's had to deal with.

Not to condone such awful violence against a kid, obviously.

Women in Japan are often treated like second class citizens. You only have to read some online comments with topics like sexual assault/Mori's ill-advised remarks/equality etc

She may have been living in an intolerable situation, made worse by the world we find ourselves in, currently.

We just don't know.

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Do the hustleToday  10:45 am JST

 “I hit her many times due to stress from child-rearing

It had only been a month you rotten cow! Some people should not be permitted to have children.

There's another word (applies to dogs) that suits her better. I don't care what the escuse is, you don't hit a kid in the head. That child needs to be taken away, i'm sure there's somebody who will lovingly raise her.

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Didn’t notice anything, Mr. Suzuki? Nice job covering your azz.

Maybe he didn’t? Women complain, perhaps with some justification, that men are not tuned in to their needs. On the other hand, expecting the typical salaryman to be clued in is wishful thinking!

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Well said Victoria.

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Well, it is a biological inevitability. Without children, you take yourself out of the gene pool. Gone forever. Most people know that instinctively, even if they do not verbalize it. However, if that is what you want, good for you to acting honestly.

My point is that not everyone has this instinct or is ready to act on it when society tells them that they should, and thus resisting social pressure to reproduce and discussing the issue is key. All children deserve loving, caring families, and some of us simply don't have the programming to be the kinds of parents kids deserve. As for us childfree folks "taking ourselves out of the gene pool", I've never understood the tragedy in this. We exist to perform good deeds and leave positive effects on the world, not merely replicate our DNA. If I ever get the sudden desire to have children, I'll happily adopt a kid who's already here.

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Sir Bentley...... You don't have a nanny? I can't imagine life without domestic help.

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Victoria Maude

Not just in Japan but around the world, having children is framed as an inevitability, particularly if you find a partner and get married. 

Well, it is a biological inevitability. Without children, you take yourself out of the gene pool. Gone forever. Most people know that instinctively, even if they do not verbalize it. However, if that is what you want, good for you to acting honestly.

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Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 26-year-old woman for allegedly hitting her one-month-old daughter in the head, rendering her unconscious, at their apartment.

What?? We are used to read about idiocy like this from boyfriends, fathers etc, but her own mother? She is unaware how fragile a 1 month old is?? Mind boggling.

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This story just breaks my heart but the comments from Sensei258 and Sir_Bently28 give me a sense of hope.

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Didn’t notice anything, Mr. Suzuki? Nice job covering your azz.

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@Victoria Maude,

I agree with you but for different reasons, particularly for Rev. 9:12

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 “I hit her many times due to stress from child-rearing

It had only been a month you rotten cow! Some people should not be permitted to have children.

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Heartbreaking to read news like this.

As a woman who is enthusiastically childfree (I've known I didn't want children from a young age), I'd really like it if more people examined themselves to see if they really want kids. Not just in Japan but around the world, having children is framed as an inevitability, particularly if you find a partner and get married. While children are of course wonderful for those want them and are prepared to care for them, not everyone is built that way, and that's alright. I would personally make a lousy mother, so it's in everyone's best interests that I not have kids. Of course, I would never dream of hurting a child, but I wouldn't be able to provide the best life for them simply because I'm not driven to be a mother. This mother may very well have wanted to have kids, but to start abusing her daughter at just a month old suggests to me that she and her husband could have stood to do a bit more discussing before choosing to start a family. As was mentioned above, many husbands here view childrearing as the sole domain of the mother, so the decision to have kids can be seen as more dependent upon finances than all the other factors that go into raising children.

Of course I'm making a lot of assumptions about this couple, but I feel it's a topic that could stand to be discussed more. It's okay to acknowledge that you aren't currently or will never be willing to have children.

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“I hit her many times due to stress from child-rearing and household chores.”

My wife and I work as a well oiled machine working together to raise our kids!Before I leave home, I make enough bottles of milk for the baby, set up her nappies and everytrhing so my wife could spend more time focusing on the baby. When I get home, I take the kids to the mall so she can sleep, relax, watch her movies or finish cleaning up in peace or I'd get home, clean, do the dishes and cook dinner while she continues to watch the baby and my other kid is watching tv. Most Japanese men believe that raising the baby is the woman's work! Forget that! My wife is happy and stress-free, my kids are happy and I am happy! Team work makes a dream work, people!

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We have been blessed to raise our own son, who is now 34, and have also been blessed to raise our granddaughter who is now a teenager. Give us your baby daughter if you don’t want her.

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