Police in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a couple on suspicion of choking and slashing their 5-year-old son.
The suspects, Akihito Kawata, 25, and his wife Riko, 24, are suspected of physically assaulting their 5-year-old son at their residence on Feb 21, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The case came to light on Wednesday when the son's kindergarten teacher noticed a gash on his neck and asked him what happened. The boy said that "Mama cut me with a kitchen knife and choked me after that. And papa kicked me."
Police said Riko has denied the charge, but her husband has admitted abusing the boy. He was quoted as saying, "We did it because the boy was talking back to us in a rude way."
Police believe the couple may have regularly been abusing their son.© Japan Today