Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 8-year-old son.
According to police, Aki Amano strangled her son until he lost consciousness at their home at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. TBS reported that Amano's 54-year-old husband Toshio called 119 at around 11 p.m. to report that his son had lost consciousness. The boy was rushed to hospital and remains in intensive care.
Hospital staff identified bruising and red marks on the boy's neck indicating that someone had strangled him, and notified police.
The boy's mother was quoted by police as saying she didn't believe she could go on raising her child, and that she wanted to go to heaven together with him.
According to police, the boy's grandmother said that her daughter had been receiving psychiatric care at a mental health facility.© Japan Today