Police on Thursday arrested a 40-year-old woman, her son, 18, and daughter, 15, on suspicion of murdering the woman's 57-year-old husband in Takehara City. The woman told police that her husband had a history of abuse.
According to police, the three have admitted to the charges. The wife testified, "I couldn't take his abuse anymore and strangled him." Both the son and daughter made similar statements, saying they couldn't allow their father to beat their mother anymore and that if they didn't do something, they feared he would kill all of them.
The three family members were arrested around 6 a.m. after the wife called a acquaintance who is a police officer, saying, "I've killed my husband." Authorities arrived to find the husband collapsed in their first-floor living room with a cord wrapped around his neck. He was rushed to the hospital but confirmed dead soon after.
The man lived together with his wife and four children. One of the children called police on April 17 reporting that their father was abusing their mother. A police officer dispatched to the home identified the incident as a case of domestic violence and advised the wife and children to seek protection, but the wife did not follow the advice nor file charges.© Wire reports