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Mother arrested for murder after suffocating 15-day-old son

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Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 35-year-old mother on suspicion of killing her 15-day-old son.

Hiromi Koyama is suspected of killing her son, Kaito, at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Police believe Koyama suffocated the baby by covering his mouth in the second-floor living room of their home.

At the time, Koyama’s husband was out of town for business. However, Koyama’s mother-in-law had been helping with childcare and staying with her since Nov 29. At 5:20 a.m., her mother-in-law noticed that Kaito was unconscious and called 119.

Police said that Koyama has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying, “I was distressed at the thought of raising a child.”

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So when you are distressed, does one murder a person rather than just to call for help ?

I know in Japan the fact to ask for help is seen mentally as a total failure.

This perception must change and love shall prevail.

RIP.

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I disagree, Jonathan. There are most areas and populations , let’s say all the third and fourth world countries, where there is also no help and nobody to ask for help and they have many more newborn children, sick, starving, without future... They care about them despite that and don’t kill them in masses because of “distressed to raise a child”.

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Very sad. This is the third article today about family murder or suicide.

Hope people with mental problems gets the help they need.

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Just another day in Japan, RIP kid.

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This animal needs to be sterilized ASAP. She will just do it again. Well done japan

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The poor woman -- I hope she gets the help she needs. I completely empathize with what she did, having been in her place.

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Post-partum depression with possible psychosis anyone? Seems highly likely.

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@Lisa Twaronite I agree the women does need help and so do you. How can you say she is a poor women, help is the easiest thing to ask for. How can you say you completely empathize with what she did, having been in her place. I hope you weren't writing your post from prison. If not this goes on to show you there is a problem because you did not get help!!

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@kaimycahl, I will just say I empathize with her and leave it at that. And help is NOT "the easiest thing to ask for," particularly in Japan.

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I am very worried. To be clear, there are some people who are emotionally unstable at different periods of their life. Seems to me, with all the knowledge we have about some Mothers who give birth, tend to be unbalanced. I think we need to have a more monitoring system of Mothers who might need assistance. I know this seems way to much, but maybe Mothers need a Assistant Mother who can be around the first few years after the birth of a child. I know, seems like overkill. However, I would rather have overkill that actual killings. I have read this kind of news way too many times this year.

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This is horrifying. Only get 2 weeks at life and killed by the one person you are supposed to be the most safe with. As a father, reading stories like this just ruin your day.

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 “I was distressed at the thought of raising a child.”

Man, I am very nervous about this because we just had a 12 day old baby girl. And since I've read about these types of killings and the reasoning behind it, I can't help but have a lingering uneasiness in the back go my head since my wife is home with the baby.

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sir_bentley28 

 “I was distressed at the thought of raising a child.”

Man, I am very nervous about this because we just had a 12 day old baby girl. And since I've read about these types of killings and the reasoning behind it, I can't help but have a lingering uneasiness in the back go my head since my wife is home with the baby.

A father of three now adults. You have nothing to fear. Take good of your wife and help out with the housework and even feeding the baby. Enjoy this new great phase in your life. It will pass quicker than you want.

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I disagree, Jonathan. There are most areas and populations , let’s say all the third and fourth world countries, where there is also no help and nobody to ask for help and they have many more newborn children, sick, starving, without future... They care about them despite that and don’t kill them in masses because of “distressed to raise a child”.

This is generally true.

People in the third world struggle to survive, and because they struggle, they value life much more highly. It is in wealthy countries where our needs are provided for (even if we don’t care to work) that life is less valued,

One of the great ironies of life is that we struggle to make a place for our children so they don’t have to struggle. But a life without hardship, adversity, and struggle tends to make people unhappy and unsatisfied with their lives.

In the past, the young sons of the wealthy were frequently sent off to live and work among the ordinary people; the farmers, miners, and others, to give them a taste of what the real world was like, and to teach them to appreciate their own good fortune. Unfortunately, this practice is quite rare today.

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@sir_bentley28 -- congratulations on your baby girl! I hope she and your wife (and you) are all healthy. If you're seriously concerned about your wife, make as much effort as you can to communicate with her, and support her in whatever way you can. Even if you have a traditional division of labor (husband working outside the home, wife staying home with the kids), don't think of raising kids as "her job" but as the shared responsibility of both parents, who need to support each other when they're feeling overwhelmed. Tragedies like this one are fortunately very uncommon, but it's quite common for new mothers to struggle at times because taking care of an infant can be physically exhausting, particularly when one is trying to recover from childbirth. Also, everyone's body chemistry is different, and post-partum hormones can make some women more emotional than they usually are. Some women are shy about asking help, but few refuse it when offered. Good luck, and again, congratulations!!!

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People in the third world struggle to survive, and because they struggle, they value life much more highly. It is in wealthy countries where our needs are provided for (even if we don’t care to work) that life is less valued,

Yeah right, take a look at the intentional murder rates in third world and poor countries compared to richer nations. Discounting the USA of course, coz that's just screwed up.

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zichi

Lisa Twaronite

Thank you lot for your kind words! I have taken great comfort from them. We are very equal with the upkeep of this baby. I sleep downstairs with the baby (night shift leaving me with 1-3hrs of sleep) and she takes care of the baby whilst I'm at work (6am-4~5 pm). We talk about everything and conduct the best of relationships people pay to have.

But what I meant was I see and have dealt with many people in this situation in my line of work and the signs leading up to the actual incident is/are/were always the same. It starts with ignoring the baby and just staring at the baby. I've seen that already in my wife and talked to her about it and told her that she is not alone in this situation! We talked about who and where to call if she feels overwhelmed whilst I am not there and I even got a smart watch so she can contact me immediately if I am away from my phone.

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sir_bentley28

With your wife's permission you could also install a home cam which you can view from the internet.

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@sir_bentley28, you sound like a wonderful husband and father! Although it was decades ago, I remember being so sleep-deprived and overwhelmed that when my newborn son cried, I stared at him, unsure of what to do next. Although it's very uncommon for new mothers to have post-partum psychosis, it is VERY common for women to experience different degrees of post-partum depression, so it's worth mentioning this to your wife's doctor. There are different treatment options. A woman doesn't have to be on the verge of desperation to benefit from help and support. I regret I wasn't more proactive in seeking help, but many years ago, when I told my doctor I was struggling, he asked me, "Are you thinking of harming your baby? Are you thinking of harming yourself?" and when I answered no to both questions, he assured me I was "fine." Well, I wasn't fine at all! The question he should have asked me was, "Are you okay?"

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