A 20-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder on Monday, after she allegedly tried to strangle her 1-year-old daughter to death at their apartment in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday night.
Police said the woman was sleeping beside her daughter in the living room when she woke up at about 10.40 p.m. and began to strangle her daughter with her right hand. Her husband, also 20, was watching TV in the same room, stopped her immediately. He rushed the girl to hospital where she regained consciousness and is in a stable condition.
The woman called police and told them what had happened, and she was arrested on Monday for attempted murder. Police said the woman had been receiving psychiatric help for stress brought on by child-rearing. The woman was quoted by police as saying, "I thought things would be easier without her."© News reports