The Yamagata District Court on Monday sentenced an 18-year-old woman to between three and four years in prison for fatally abusing her 16-day-old daughter after she and her husband placed the infant in a garbage bag, causing her to suffocate to death, at their home in Yonezawa in May, 2015.
The court heard that the defendant, who was 17 at the time and who cannot be named because she is a minor, and her husband, Yoshimi Suzuki, then 22, put their daughter Misora in a garbage bag and then placed a trash can over the bag in their bedroom at around 10 p.m. on May 7, 2015, Fuji TV reported. The trash can was 20 cms high and 20 cms in diameter.
Later on, Suzuki noticed that his daughter wasn't moving and called 119. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead two hours later. The hospital notified police.
The couple, who were both unemployed at the time, admitted to the charge and said they did it because Misora was crying really loudly while they were trying to play video games. The woman told the court that she and her husband didn't think their daughter would die and that they just wanted to quieten her down.
Suzuki, now 24, was tried separately and sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on May 31.© Japan Today