A 20-year-old man was arrested for assault on Wednesday, accused of hitting his two-month-old baby boy, inflicting a subdural hemorrhage, leaving the boy still in critical condition as of Thursday morning, police said.
Shohei Ishikawa is accused of hitting his baby in the face twice at around 6.30 a.m. Wednesday morning after the baby started crying and his de facto (common-law) wife went to the bathroom. He is also accused of knocking the baby from his mother’s arms when she came back and held the baby, causing the boy to fall about 50 centimeters to the floor.
Police said the couple took their baby to a hospital in Tenri City just after 7 a.m. after the baby started losing consciousness. A staff member at the hospital called police alerting them to a possible case of child abuse.
Ishikawa has admitted to hitting the boy on Wednesday and told police that he had hit and pinched the boy numerous times over the last two months when he started crying at night. Ishikawa also said that he had lost his dispatch job in February and had been irritated since, being unable to find a new job.© News reports