A 25-year-year-old unemployed woman in Kobe has been arrested for allegedly trying to suffocate her 3-year-old son by putting a plastic shopping bag over his head, police said Wednesday.
According to TV Asahi, the woman -- identified as Madoka Sakurai -- put the plastic bag on her son's head and then dragged him along the floor in their apartment in Tarumi Ward at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday night, police were quoted as saying. After about 40 minutes, Sakurai called 119 and reported that her son had lost consciousness, TV Asahi said.
Sakurai was quoted by police as saying she got angry with her son after he vomited. She said she had asked him to throw up in the garbage bin but he had not, so she lost her temper and wanted to teach him a lesson, TV Asahi said. But she denied any intent to kill the boy.
Besides her son, Sakurai lives with her 25-year-old husband and her 2-year-old daughter. The husband was out at the time of the incident, TV Asahi said.© Japan Today