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Mother arrested on suspicion of strangling 2-week-old daughter to death

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Police in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 33-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her two-week-old daughter.

According to police, Tomie Tanai, who lives in Shimotsuke in Tochigi Prefecture, is suspected of strangling to death her daughter Sae at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday at her parents' home, Fuji TV reported. Police said Tanai has admitted to the charge.

Police said an ambulance was called to the home by Tanai's older sister. While the baby was being transported to a hospital, a paramedic noticed strangulation marks on her neck and questioned Tanai about what had happened at their home. Tanai confessed to strangling her daughter, and the paramedic notified the police. Sae was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Tanai was quoted by police as saying she was trying to breastfeed Sae but since the infant wouldn’t stop crying, she got frustrated and wound a cord around her neck.

Local media reported that Tanai gave birth to the baby on Jan 23 and had gone to her parents’ residence on Jan 29, leaving her husband at their home in Shimotsuke. However, she disclosed the stress of child-rearing to her parents and told them she was not confident she could raise her child because she always cried when she tried to breastfeed her.

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pitiful. this makes me extremely sad. I have a 2 month old daughter (and 2 year old boy) and never in a million years would I even consider harming a baby.

sad story.

She was already at her parent's and voiced her concern and worry.. However still resulted in this ugly ending.

RIP little one. Hope youre smiling up there.. forgive your mother.. somehow.

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They show videos after birth in the hospital about "maternity blues" (it is what they call it in Japanese)... where mothers are easily depressed after giving birth. Couldn't the family hear the baby crying and assist... I was really careful to be aware of it for my family.

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Very sad. A new baby can be overwhelmingly stressful if there is not enough support. One of my male coworkers was almost crying in the office from the stress and lack of sleep from his first baby.

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@gogogo yeah I didnt want to comment on the family because not sure if they gave her the support she needed or not.. but she definitely needed help and support. post partum depression is real and can result in this tragic loss.

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The poor child sensed what a loathsome beast her mother was....RIP little one

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Skip to the follow-up story where she receives a suspended sentence from an understanding judge. But there will be no follow-up story because her sentence or lack thereof will be an embarrassment

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

This trend is far too common here, probably due to a complete lack of a) societal apathy and lack of support, b) a pity-after-the-fact mentality that does not enforce laws on infanticide. Lots of families have trouble, and mothers in particular have a hard time -- but they don't murder their children. Lock her up for life.

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Cue the internet sympathy and understanding for a poor mother who was so stressed out for two whole weeks that she had no other choice than to strangle her little baby to death. How about some outrage over a young life so brutally cut short by the one in charge of her care.

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a poor mother who was so stressed out for two whole weeks that she had no other choice than to strangle her little baby to death.

Postpartum depression is a chemical imbalance in the body, and is not simply 'stress'.

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Cue the internet sympathy and understanding for a poor mother who was so stressed out for two whole weeks that she had no other choice than to strangle her little baby to death. How about some outrage over a young life so brutally cut short by the one in charge of her care.

amen. There's no excuse for this.

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@ Strangerland - while it is true that postpartum depression is an illness and without treatment could last for years I hope you're not trying to diagnose this woman simply by reading an article.

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filth. there really needs to be tougher penalties for this. if not jail time, then sterilization. just to ensure such animals cannot give birth again. she does not deserve children.

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I hope you're not trying to diagnose this woman simply by reading an article

You mean making a diagnosis like that she killed her baby because she was so stressed out for two whole weeks.

Maybe you should try taking your own advice.

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Anyone who is a parent has had moments when they have had enough. You put the child down and walk outside and have a rest or ask someone else to help/give you a break.

Terribly sad. Several lives ruined.

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It's very possible that she had post-partum depression but I'm not a doctor and it still doesn't excuse her murdering her child

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It's very possible that she had post-partum depression

And yet you reduced it to 'stress' in your first post.

it still doesn't excuse her murdering her child

As a matter of fact, it's probably the only thing that would excuse it. If someone's body is chemically imbalanced to the point where they cannot think in a rational manner, it legally excuses them.

You seem to think that every one of these cases is some happy go lucky woman who just can't be bothered, so they kill their baby.

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This child didn't have to die. Even if the woman was suffering from postpartum stress, at least she had her parents to help. A lot of mothers don't even have that.

This trend is far too common here, probably due to a complete lack of a) societal apathy and lack of support, b) a pity-after-the-fact mentality that does not enforce laws on infanticide.

Unfortunately, this case is typical in almost every country you go to. Take the U.S. for example, not a day goes by without some news about parents killing their own children, or stepchildren through years of abuse. Even when a teacher brings up a concern about abuse, social welfare authorities and police won't do anything. Take for instance the case of a child who was tortured to death in L.A. and no one did anything about it:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-gabriel-fernandez-sheriffs-deputies-20161222-story.html

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Read the article it says she disclosed the stress of child rearing she became frustrated she murdered her child it's a paraphrase not a diagnosis don't put words in my mouth and then act like I'm the one who said them

Postpartum depression would not excuse it but it might help explain it. for her to be excused she would have to be declared legally insane, not knowing right from wrong at the time she wrapped the cord around her child's neck and strangled her

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Read the article it says she disclosed the stress of child rearing she became frustrated she murdered her child it's a paraphrase not a diagnosis

And you determined that's all it was, AKA a diagnoses. Then you condemned her for it, without considering the possibility that she may have been mentally deranged.

Postpartum depression would not excuse it

Maybe you can blame someone who lacks the capacity to differentiate between right and wrong, but the legal system, and medial system, both disagree with you. And you yourself said you're not a doctor - are you a lawyer?

for her to be excused she would have to be declared legally insane, not knowing right from wrong at the time she wrapped the cord around her child's neck and strangled her

Which is something that happens with PPD.

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wow! Heartbreaking shit

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You determined that all it was

That's your misinterpretation of what I said. I never said that stress was the only thing that caused her to do that.

Yet again you're putting words in my mouth and then acting as if I said them

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Readers, please stop bickering and going around in circles.

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Horrible and disgusting. RIP lil baby.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

and told them she was not confident she could raise her child because she always cried when she tried to breastfeed her.

She speaks as she is herself an immature selfish child. What does she expect from a baby? Yes a baby cries, what a revelation. Or maybe was this woman expecting that a baby is just a kawai toy that she can just show off to her friends so that she can hear them with delectation say how kawai she is?

She is 33 years for world sake but she seems to have the metal age of a 10 years old child. Too bad for this baby, born from the wrong mother.

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yeah those crying babies man, really pisses me off when they do that errr

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im writing this with my 5 week old daughter in a sling on me. Sure she cries, sure we get stressed. MORE SURE nothing she could do would drive me to harm ONE hair on her head. Poor baby pitiful mother, if you dont think you can raise them dont have them!! RIP little Sae, as for mother you have the rest of you life and eternity to deal with what you have done.

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Not sure what kind of hospital she stayed at after delivery if she did at all but they are really great here about preparing new mothers for their new life at home with their babies. Though not required, baby hospitals do have classes taught by their doctor and city health centers have crash courses women can take with their husbands on how to take care of their future baby.

Anyways as I said many times when I read about these type of stories. Why don't they open up more baby hatches in Japan besides the one in Kumamoto? Give the child a chance to live with someone who can actually love them.

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For far too many times have I read about these new parents who kill their newborn babies. I wish there was some kind of manditory counseloring/parental classes for ALL new parents before leaving the hospital with their new baby(ies) to prevent this kind of situation with weekly visits to check up on the parents to see how are they coping with the new roles as parents.

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For someone like me who will probably not be able to have kids this is especially heartbreaking.

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