A 25-year-old woman has been sentenced to two years in prison by the Saitama District Court for parental neglect after abandoning her 8-month-old daughter in a bathroom in midwinter. The infant subsequently lost parts of two toes due to frostbite.
According to the ruling, Asuka Kamikubo left her daughter, wearing only a diaper, inside the bathroom at their home in Soka from 5 p.m. on Jan 13 until 1 p.m. the next day, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Overnight, the temperature dropped below zero. There was no heating in the bathroom and the child suffered frostbite in her toes.
Prosecutors said Kamikubo had also beaten her daughter between November 2017 and Jan 15 this year.
In handing down the court’s ruling, the presiding judge said the defendant put her daughter’s life at risk and dismissed Kamikubo’s claim that she couldn’t hear her daughter’s cries from the bathroom.
Kamikubo lived with her daughter and son, 2. On Jan 15, she took her children to visit her parents and her mother noticed something wrong with the little girl. She was taken to hospital which contacted a child welfare center about a possible case of child abuse.
Kamikubo admitted to abusing her daughter. However, her son was not harmed.© Japan Today