A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court.
The defendant, Manami Nanmoku, was arrested on assault charges after it was learned she forcefully shoved a piece of bite-sized chicken covered in wasabi inside the boy’s mouth. She recorded the incident on her smartphone and can be heard telling the boy she will hit him if he spits the food out, Fuji TV reported Tuesday.
The court handed her a one-year prison sentence, suspended for three years.
According to the ruling, the incident occurred last year, on Sept 22, at around 8:30 a.m., at an unlicensed nursery called “Childcare Room, Kid’s Style Akabane Park,” located in Tokyo’s Kita Ward.
Presiding Judge Ryo Terao said: "Despite being in a position where one is supposed to nurture and take care of infants, the defendant assaulted a powerless victim." However, the judge said the court took into consideration that Nanmoku was stressed from working long hours.
In January, Nanmoku was accused of abusing another child in her care by tying the wrists of a 6-year-old boy, putting adhesive tape over his mouth and then ripping it off suddenly.© Japan Today