Police in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 24-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of child abuse after she pressed the lit end of a cigarette against the hand of her 5-year-old son.
According to police, the incident occurred at the woman’s home in mid-January, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said that she pressed the cigarette against the right hand of her oldest boy, causing burns that will take about two or three weeks to heal, according to doctors.
The boy’s burns were reported to a child welfare center which contacted police on Jan 21 about a case of possible child abuse.
The woman, whose name has not been released, lives with her two sons, both of whom have been taken into protective custody.© Japan Today