A 36-year-old woman was arrested in Ome City, suburban Tokyo, on suspicion of beating her oldest daughter to death in 2004, police said Friday.
Haruka Matsuura was 5 years old when she died in August 2004 from subdural hematoma, or blood clotting in the brain. Haruka's mother, Reiko Matsuura, was arrested on suspicion of assault resulting in death after police investigations revealed that Haruka had received a significant trauma to the head before she died.
Matsuura is suspected to have violently shaken the girl, but she denies the charges. "I didn't do anything that would have killed her," she was quoted as saying.© News reports