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Woman arrested for drowning 5-month-old daughter in bathtub

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Police in Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of drowning her five-month-old daughter in the bathtub.

According to police, a man called 110 at around 5:15 a.m. Monday, saying that his daughter had killed his granddaughter.

Police rushed to the apartment and found the child, Sakura Kuroda, in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, Sankei Shimbun reported. The baby was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead about three hours later.

Police arrested the child's mother, Tomomi Kuroda, who admitted to killing Sakura at around 3 a.m. She was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from child-rearing and that she had intended to kill herself and couldn't bear the thought of leaving her daughter behind. After forcing her daughter's head under the water until she lost consciousness, Kuroda then took Sakura and drove to her father's house about three kilometers away. Her father then called 110.

Local media said that four years ago, Kuroda was questioned by child welfare authorities after choke marks were found on her then one-month-old son's neck.

Kuroda lives with her 40-year-old husband and their two children.

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Tomomi Kuroda, who admitted to killing Sakura at around 3 a.m. She was quoted by police as saying she was worn out from child-rearing had intended to kill herself and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her daughter behind.

Go ahead and kill yourself. the world is better off without you. Why did you have to kill your 5 month old? she had her whole life ahead of her.

Local media said that four years ago, Kuroda was questioned by child welfare authorities after choke marks were found on then one-month-old son’s neck.

And they did nothing. Idiots.

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Local media said that four years ago, Kuroda was questioned by child welfare authorities after choke marks were found on then one-month-old son’s neck.

And they did nothing.

Did they? The article doesn't say what they did or didn't do.

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My heart aches at this headline.

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Nightmarish.. Was she working? It would be interesting to know what sort of problems she was having to have been driven to such barbarity

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And yet AGAIN a person who thinks they need to end their own life and take others with them (and as is oft the case with these lunatic mothers, fail to carry out with the suicide part). There is help out there, if you seek it. Plenty of people have the same stress and fatigue, and feel the same helplessness, but don't kill their children or themselves. This woman is nothing but a murderer, and deserves no sympathy for what she has done. She deserves life in prison, with a picture of her child on the inside of her cell so she can see it every day and remember what she's done.

Society needs to change, absolutely, and families need more support both financially and otherwise, but as I said, the majority of people do not do what this and so many mothers like her do when they become desperate. So don't blame society for the woman's actions.

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Did they? The article doesn't say what they did or didn't do

Didn't the article say that they questioned her? If they had followed up on any action, wouldn't the article have said it?

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strangerland, whatever they did do it was a tragic failure.

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If they had followed up on any action, wouldn't the article have said it?

Would it have? I have no idea, but if that's pretty weak logic to conclude they did nothing.

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but that's pretty weak logic

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Kuroda was questioned by child welfare authorities after choke marks were found on her then one-month-old son’s neck.

Maybe we read this differently, but I think that its weak logic to assume that anything but questioning occurred. The article states she was questioned doesn't include anything else. Anyway, if you have info to the contrary, any would be appreciated

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Aly: How about this: you're right. It seems to indicate that nothing else had yet been done at that specific point in time after questioning. However, it's likely things have been done since, although we are unlikely to get a follow-up in English news -- would have to go to local.

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Thanks Smith. Your point is well noted and well received. Thank you.

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Go to jail, go directly to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.

Monster.

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Maybe we read this differently, but I think that its weak logic to assume that anything but questioning occurred.

Well, the process when someone is reported for child abuse is a little more involved than just questioning: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/kodomo/dv12/03.html

I have no idea if something happened or not in this case, but the rules that are in place have a process, which if you read the document, can include having to go to family court over the matter. So I think that if we were to make guesses as to what happened (which is all we can do since there isn't anything in the story to tell us), I would guess that the process was followed, but unfortunately in this case the process wasn't enough to prevent this murder from happening.

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SOS, different day

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I have no idea if something happened or not in this case, but the rules that are in place have a process, which if you read the document, can include having to go to family court over the matter.

It would have been mentioned in the article. It is not a minor detail.

So I think that if we were to make guesses as to what happened (which is all we can do since there isn't anything in the story to tell us), I would guess that the process was followed,

So you GUESS that more was done. Fair enough. For me reading the JT article, I'm going to guess that nothing else was done, since nothing was said.

Moderator: Sorry, no bickering please.

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