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Mother kills 1-year-old daughter, then tries to kill herself

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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.

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Women issue here...where are all husbands ?

With no one feeling much concerned.

RIP to baby.

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Mental health and/or domestic violence issues yet again not being dealt with in a serious way.

How many more deaths will it take before the system is reformed to something more fit for service?

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It must have been terrible for the grandmother.

I still don’t understand why Japanese kill close family members. If you don’t believe me, the last 4 news on the Crime section involve family related murders.

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Yua’s grandmother was crying and carrying the baby, who was bleeding from several stab wounds to her chest and stomach.

This is absolutely heartbreaking

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Women issue here...where are all husbands ?

Driven away by misandrist family laws.

And why is it that whenever a woman commits a crime, people like you ALWAYS try to shift the attention towards the males?

There is ABSOLUTELY, NO REASON for this murderer to KILL a ONE -YEAR OLD CHILD by stabbing her in the CHEST !!

If she's such a victim of domestic violence, she could have gone after the HUSBAND with the knife. NOT THE CHILD !!

Rest In Peace to the poor child. An innocent victim of an adult woman's folly.

I am gritting my teeth as I write this. I am so tired of reading about Japanese children being killed by their own parents.

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Driven away by misandrist family laws.

Yah, you were there and know what happened.

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@Wesley

If you were replying to me :

I was asking a question, that needs due response in view of 3 generations with no husband at home apparently

I stated "women issue" not "men issue" so I assume there's something fishy going on in this family. Yet it is an assumption with so little info about the real picture while the reporter is able to know where the baby was stabbed precisely. Amazing to me.

Why ? Why ? Why do that a baby ? Killing a one year old baby is among the worst crime possible.

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I wish these people would start in the reverse order.

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I still don’t understand why Japanese kill close family members. If you don’t believe me, the last 4 news on the Crime section involve family related murders.

Try not to apply assumptions to an entire country based on a handful of stories from one news source. Family murders are among the most common murders around the world. Not unique to Japan. The statistics can all be Googled if you wish to know more.

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In all countries the majority of people murdered are by someone they knew.

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"Police said Yua lived in the house with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother."

I think that problem started right there.

RIP and God bless little one.

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Not a single male around?

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I wonder why she did it

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Let her drop.

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lesenfant: "Not a single male around?"

And?

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This is sad beyond belief. I hope the mother comes out of the coma and we can find out what drove her to do this.

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Absolutely tragic.

However, since the married couple was living separately, the threat of domestic violence did not appear to be a problem.

This right here is a systemic issue. An assumption was made and in all likelihood, it was an incorrect one. You don’t need to be living together to be the victim of domestic violence. Like the Mia Kurihara case, one has to wonder what would have happened if they’d have taken pleas for help just a little more seriously.

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lot of people say Japan has been hiding actual number of cases affected due to Corona virus , and only because

they don’t want their economy GDP effected

Japan is desperate to have Olympics because they have invested lot of money anticipating huge returns and their money greed want immediate revenues

they are so close to China and Korea now on the earth their no. Of cases is so low

Diamond princess count they paid to be counted separately

its eye opening ... I mean if it is visible opened eye

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Try not to apply assumptions to an entire country based on a handful of stories from one news source. Family murders are among the most common murders around the world. Not unique to Japan.

Be that as it may, commenters on this site are simply observing and commenting upon something which occurs frequently enough for them to notice. The following link contains statistics which although region and not individual nation specific, tally with what many of us suspect about inside job family murders being a much higher proportion of ALL child murders here than in other parts of the world.

https://bmjpaedsopen.bmj.com/content/1/1/e000112.full#DC1

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The state should finish the job for this mum.

Off to the gallows.

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So sad....I hope the poor mother recovers and gets help.

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While there is no excuse for killing your child, no one knows what was going though the mother's head. Postpartum depression is a real thing and mental health treatment is not the greatest in Japan. We need to take mental resiliency seriously and treat depression and other mental health diseases as what they really are, a disease.

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Agree @StevieJ, postpartum depression is very real and probably more common than the public knows. A caring loving environment and treatment staff is needed for new mothers and families. The idea of not taking responsibility as a family and country is the heart of the problem.

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Child welfare absolutely sucks in this country. They do nothing to help the child and completely incompetent

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Agree @StevieJ, postpartum depression is very real and probably more common than the public knows. A caring loving environment and treatment staff is needed for new mothers and families. The idea of not taking responsibility as a family and country is the heart of the problem.

Agreed. I think postpartum depression is a serious issue in Japan (probably due to a lot of Japanese cultural factors colliding) and mental health isn't taken seriously here at all. I have heard people in Japan describe depressed people as "weak" to their faces.

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This is still tragic and indefensible

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Do authorities think nobody's going to be able to figure out her identity based on the child's name?

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