Police in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she gave her 5-year-old daughter milk, knowing the child was allergic to dairy products.
According to police, the woman, Chiharu Saku, had her daughter drink about 125 milliliters of milk from a carton at around 9 a.m. on Dec 11, Sankei Shimbun reported. The girl went into anaphylactic shock and her body turned red shortly after drinking the milk and Saku called 119.
The girl was taken to hospital where she was in a stable condition on Wednesday.
Police said Saku was aware that her daughter was allergic to milk after doctors informed her when the child was younger.
Police said that Saku, who lives alone with her daughter, had visited them in July, asking them to take the girl off her hands because she was worn out from raising her. The police contacted child welfare authorities in August.
Meanwhile, child welfare authorities in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, said Saku consulted them four times between April and July this year, saying she was uneasy about raising her daughter. Staff visited Saku's home but saw no signs of any abuse and said that Saku seemed to be more confident of raising her child at that time. Saku also told staff that her father would help look after her daughter.© Japan Today