A 23-year-old woman was arrested for assault on Monday accused of hanging her 2-year-old daughter upside down by the legs and slamming her head into the concrete floor in the entrance of their apartment in Koga City, police said Tuesday.
Police allege that Sachiko Amagai shook her daughter up and down, hitting her head on the floor several times at around 3 a.m. Monday. She called for an ambulance about 45 minutes later. The girl is in hospital, where she remains unconscious in a critical condition. Hospital staff contacted police and said they suspected Amagai of child abuse.
Amagai has admitted to assaulting her daughter because she would not stop crying, police quoted her as saying. Police are continuing to question Amagai and said the child may have been abused on a regular basis.
Police said Amagai lived with her de facto 37-year-old husband and her daughter, and that the neighborhood was quiet, with one resident of the apartment block telling police that she thought the child had been put outside crying in the middle of the night. Another resident said she was woken up by some thumping sounds which she thought sounded like someone jumping.© Japan Today