Police in Onojo, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 8-month-old son at their home in 2022.
Police said Satoko Inoue called 119 at around 1:20 p.m. on May 14, 2022, and said her son Arata had lost consciousness, Kyodo News reported. Arata was confirmed dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed a ruptured liver due to chest compression and internal bleeding beneath the skin, and that the child had died at around 1 p.m.
According to child welfare officials in Onojo, Arata and his sibling were classified as children requiring protection under the Child Welfare Law. Even before Arata’s birth, his mother was registered as an “expectant mother in need of extra support.”
Arata was living with his twin brother and mother at the time. Another older sibling was living in a separate residence due to the home being deemed an unsuitable child-rearing environment. The local Children’s Welfare Center had registered Arata as being in need of protection immediately after his birth.
Until April 2022, welfare officials visited Arata’s home once a month and contacted his mother by phone. They claim that nothing suspicious was observed during the monthly visits.
Police said Inoue has denied the allegation that she killed Arata.© Japan Today