Police in Tokushima have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man for abusing his 3-year-old son after it was discovered that he had been keeping the boy restrained on a 1.2-meter-long dog leash which was tied to a window frame inside his apartment.
Police said the man, identified as Shogo Yamashita, was arrested on Feb 15. Fuji TV reported Wednesday that the boy's situation was discovered after an acquaintance of Yamashita came over to the house and saw the boy tied up. He contacted police.
A neighbor told reporters, "I am truly shocked. The couple living there fought every now and again, but they always made up. Every time I saw him out and about, he was smiling."
Yamashita was quoted by police as saying, "One day last year when I went to clean up the room, the boy had thrown his food everywhere making such a mess. Ever since then, I decided to tie him up in order to discipline him and teach him a lesson."
Police said Yamashita's wife told them there were other times when her husband would strike the boy on the hands and on the head.© Japan Today