Prosecutors in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have indicted a 33-year-old woman who was arrested in April on suspicion of killing her 11-month-old daughter by drowning her in the bathtub at their apartment, after she underwent psychiatric tests to determine if she was mentally fit to stand trial.
According to the indictment, Miho Kawaguchi drowned her daughter Kaede sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 23, Sankei Shimbun reported. She then called 110. Kaede was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
After her arrest, Kawaguchi was quoted by police as saying she was stressed from child-raising. Her husband was at work during the day.
Local media reported that Kawaguchi had consulted child welfare authorities over anxieties she felt about child-rearing soon after Kaede was born. Child welfare center officials said she had been receiving guidance and that there had been no indication of child abuse.
Prosecutors decided to have Kawaguchi undergo psychiatric tests for two months to determine if she was competent to stand trial. On Friday, they decided to go ahead with the indictment.© Japan Today