A 32-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife have received suspended sentences for chaining their 8-year-old son inside their house for 4 1/2 hours in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, last Oct 8.
The Otsu District Court found Yasuna Miyajima guilty of child abuse and sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended for five years, while his Akane was sentenced to two years, suspended for four years, NHK reported Friday.
The court heard how the boy was chained to a column in the livingroom while his parents went out. A friend of the boy had come to visit him at around 4 p.m. He peeked in the window when no one answered the door. He saw the boy chained by the waist to the column and told a neighbor who called police.
Police freed the boy and arrested his parents when they returned home. The boy said he had not been able to go to the toilet and had to use a pot.
The boy had been absent from school for about a week in July and that when he returned, teachers noticed bruises and burns on his arm and notified a child welfare center. Welfare center staff visited the family in July; however, they found nothing out of the ordinary. They visited a second time in August but no one was at home.© Japan Today