Police in Chiba City say that a 37-year-old woman fatally stabbed her one-year-old daughter in the chest and then tried to kill herself.
According to police, the woman, whose name has not been released, stabbed her daughter Yua Kamada on Sunday afternoon at their home in Inage Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Around 5:40 p.m, the suspect’s mother placed an emergency phone call claiming that her daughter had a knife and was going to commit suicide. When officers arrived at the scene, Yua’s grandmother was crying and carrying the baby, who was bleeding from several stab wounds to her chest and stomach.
The girl’s mother was collapsed on the floor after having apparently stabbed herself with a kitchen knife.
Yua was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her mother remained in a coma in hospital on Tuesday.
Police said Yua lived in the house with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Meanwhile, local media reported that a child welfare center has consulted with Yua’s family twice in the past regarding problems in the household. One of these consultations occurred in September 2019 when the mother contacted the police about trouble with her husband. Police were concerned that the child might suffer from psychological abuse after witnessing domestic violence.
At the time, a welfare worker responded to the incident by phone. However, since the married couple was living separately, the threat of domestic violence did not appear to be a problem.© Japan Today