Prosecutors on Monday called for a sentence of three years for a 31-year-old woman charged with fatally abusing her 6-year-old daughter in 2012.
In their closing arguments before the Yokohama District Court, prosecutors said that Yukie Yamaguchi and her former boyfriend Ryuichi Yatsui, 29, fatally beat Yamaguchi's daughter Airi and then buried her body in a forest.
During their separate trials, Yamaguchi and Yatsui blamed each other for Airi's death.
The court heard that Airi was registered to attend an elementary school, but when she didn't show up on the first day of school in February 2013, the school asked to see her, but Yamaguchi refused. The school then contacted the child consultation center who reported the incident to police, TBS reported.
The remains of Airi's body were discovered in April, 2013, based on Yamaguchi's confession.
Yatsui testified that Airi died after Yamaguchi hit and kicked her to discipline her, but Yamaguchi said that Yatsui also used to hit Airi. Yatsui said they both decided to bury Airi's body in the forest.
Yatsui was sentenced to eight years in prison at his trial earlier this month.© Japan Today