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Mother arrested for killing 1-year-old baby by giving her non-essential drug

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Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of giving her one-year-old daughter a non-essential drug, allegedly causing her death, while she was hospitalized in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture, last year. 

The unidentified mother, a part-time worker from Takaishi City, is accused of giving her daughter the drug at Osaka Women’s and Children’s Hospital in May 2020, Fuji TV reported. The child had been hospitalized since February 2020 due to apnea and a low level of oxygen in her blood. 

Police said the mother allegedly forced her daughter to ingest an anti-anxiety medication. The child died soon after and an autopsy revealed that the drug prescribed to the mother for an anxiety disorder was in the child’s system. 

Police said the woman has denied administering the drug to her daughter.

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Was it accidental or malicious?

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It is conceivable that the infant came across the meds and mistook them for finger foods. That said, if the mother is taking pills for anxiety, surely she would be doubly motivated to keep them out of her child's hands?

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She denied administering the lethal dose. The mother also had a preexisting anxiety disorder warranting the prescription. Some type of psychosis exacerbated by postpartum depression? Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy?

Not enough details again by the JT translation reads:

- “Police said the mother allegedly forced her daughter to ingest an anti-anxiety medication.” -

while the child was hospitalized for apnea & low oxygen level in her blood.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Bad reporting on a terrible situation. There's no evidence!

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Police said the mother allegedly forced her daughter to ingest an anti-anxiety medication.

Convicting Mom already here?

They only knew about the drug in her system after the autopsy so how do the cops know she "forced" her daughter to take it?

Give her her day in court! The reporter or whomever added this comment is dead wrong!

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"...hospitalized since February 2020 due to apnea and a low level of oxygen in her blood. "

Was the child premature, having, at "one year old", been hospitalized for 19 months with an apparent lung disorder? Was the mother supplying breast milk which would explain a positive test result? Details would help to dispel suspicions of 'sensationalism' in this report.

"It’s the 21st century, yet newborn infants are still at risk for a deadly condition that robs them of their first breaths: neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (NRDS), also known as infant respiratory distress syndrome and hyaline membrane disease. In countries with large pockets of poverty, mortality rates run roughly 10 times higher than in wealthier countries. But even in developed countries, the mortality rate reaches as high as 60%."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6336202/

Perhaps we might better examine the hospital protocols employed over the 19 months this infant spent in the long term NIC ward...but, of course, the medical establishment wouldn't try to foist the blame onto someone else...would they (?).

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

It was an accident, let her go! she deserves another chance.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

From the information in the article, the police has a very flimsy base for accusing her of murder. I hope they have more than they let on.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The Japanese news stories contain more details, and note that the child's condition seemed to worsen when the mother was with the child. Medical professionals began to suspect Proxy Münchhausen Syndrome. Very sad -- I hope that no matter whatever the circumstances, this family gets the help it needs.

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been hospitalized for 19 months

The article says the child was hospitalized in February 2020, that the mother gave the child the drug in May 2020, and that the child died soon after. So not that long in hospital I think.

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If the child was in hospital care, it is difficult to believe that she somehow found mum's antidepressants laying around and swallowed them.

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If the child was in hospital care, it is difficult to believe that she somehow found mum's antidepressants laying around and swallowed them.

And its also hard to believe that "mom" forced them too! She was a 1 year old baby, kind of young to put up a fight about putting something into her mouth!

Folks here are just all too ready to accept the finding of the police, which is in and of itself rather hypocritical, as the same people will complain about the incompetence of the very same cops!

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