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.© Japan Today