Police in Omitama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 26-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend for abusing her two children, aged 2 and 3.
According to police, Kumi Akimoto and her boyfriend Akira Nakamura began living together in July of this year. TBS quoted police as saying that the two began to abuse Akimoto's 3-year-old son and her two year-old daughter by hitting them across the face and other parts of their body.
The abuse continued until Sept 21 when the abuse was discovered by hospital officials. TBS reported that medical staff at the hospital identified countless bruises on the children's bodies, as well as a number of older marks indicating that the children had been subjected to the abuse for a long period of time.
The two children have been placed in protective care, police said.
Akimoto is a decontamination worker in Omitama, while Nakamura works part-time. Both have admitted abusing the children. Police quoted Akimoto as saying she was goaded by Nakamura into beating her children after they appeared to dislike her boyfriend.© Japan Today