Police in Sapporo said Thursday they have arrested a 64-year-old woman over the death of her 42-year-old mentally disabled daughter whose body was found at their apartment in Nishi Ward.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Kazuko Sato, stabbed her daughter Yukiko in the neck on Wednesday morning. Hokkaido Shimbun reported that Sato called her sister and said she had killed Yukiko. Police came to the apartment and found Yukiko's body with a stab wound to her neck.
Sato was found about an hour later in her car near a park in nearby Ishikari City. Police said she had stabbed herself in the neck, but her condition is not life-threatening.
Sato was quoted by police as saying that she felt sorry for her daughter and if anything should happen to her, Yukiko would be all alone.
Yukiko spent weekdays in an institution and usually went home to her mother on weekends. However, police said she did not return to the institution after going home on May 16.© Japan Today