The parents of a 3-month-old baby boy who died earlier in January, were arrested Sunday on charges of physical abuse resulting in death, police said Monday.
The suspects, Hiroyuki Abe, 21, and his wife, Chiyomi, 34, are believed to have regularly abused their newborn son Hayate by twisting his joints and breaking his arms on a number of occasions. Police suspect the abuse started approximately 3 weeks after the baby’s birth.
The baby was hospitalized last year in December after his parents called emergency services, telling doctors they mistakenly dropped him in the bathtub. Hospital staff, however, noticed multiple bruises on his body and notified the police. The baby died a month later.
According to police, the parents have denied any intent to harm their child.© Compiled from news reports