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Woman held for feeding baby daughter jelly laced with sleeping pills

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Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 42-year-old woman for the attempted murder of her one-year-old daughter at their home in Nagoya.

Police were called by the woman's father on Monday at around 3 p.m. after she reportedly told him she had crushed 18 sleeping pills into a bowl of jelly, which she then fed to her daughter, NTV reported. The 22-month-old baby was rushed to hospital where doctors say her condition is not life-threatening. Police say the woman's husband was at work at the time of the incident.

The girl's mother was arrested for attempted murder. During police questioning she was quoted by investigators as saying that she was planning to kill herself after killing her child, NTV reported.

The woman's father told police that she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

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If Mom wanted to escape her life she should just leave and leave the Baby with it's Dad and Grand Parents. But crazy always have to involve somebody else in their mess.

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she tried to attempt suicide... so that means... whats the reason behind it? do not blame any one before getting the proof...

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Escape your life, but let the baby live hers.

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she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

I guess getting told ganbarre for a few weeks wasn't doing the trick...

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she did not try to attempt suicide. she was planning to kill herself after killing her child. Planning ( thinking about it )

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The woman’s father told police that she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

Whereas, she was quoted by investigators as saying that she was planning to kill herself after killing her child,

seems she has very sound thinking...perhaps husband is trying to defend wife not child.

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Every time I read a story like this, I always give my daughter a big hug. It's been happening so often that my daughter thinks I'm crazy now.

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I always find stories about child abuse and violence against children, especially at the hands of their own parents, disturbing. Parents are supposed to protect their children. Home is supposed to be safe. Come on people, there are other ways to sort out your own problems without taking it out on the innocent.

Like Hayashi san above, I always feel like hugging my own child after reading these stories, which sadly, have become far too common.

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During police questioning she was quoted by investigators as saying that she was planning to kill herself after killing her child, NTV reported.

Kill yourself, but leave the child out of it!

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A 42 year old woman and a 1 year old daughter..... It's good the baby didn't choke to death.

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Hope the authority take this child away from this monster before death happen.

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she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

And no help was sought, till now?!

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Japan needs to do something about the lack of support for these moms or there are going to be more deaths!

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What a horrible news! Thank god the baby survived!

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Not sure if it is due to the national health care scheme in Japan, but it seems that the mental health of the people in Japan is not considered a priority by many. The suicide numbers we often hear (over 30,000 a year) are only the "successes" and many more people who aren't receiving the help they need surely are attempting suicide and not making news unless it is a story like this where a defenseless baby is involved. Horrific story on so many levels.

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Horrific and a sad reality to the state of mental health in Japan (Right on the money @Godan). There is no emotional support for people, and I'm not sure they'd know how to express their emotions if the support was there. "Pent up emotion" is just the half of it. Take a look around your office and see how many people wear their hearts on their sleeves... sometimes being an emotional gaijin is a good thing. With that said, it's time to get the child with a stable parent, till the mom pulls herself together.

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she was being treated for clinical depression

What exactly is the treatment for depression in Japan? (other than being told to 'ganbatte')... Being honest, I am surprised they even know how to diagnose the problem..

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is this a case of Postpartum depression?

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Pity the father intervened too late, he should have taken action before but cant blame him. This women and this child should never meet again.

If you have had enough of life please go and commit suicide alone not involving others or inconveniencing others, it is the courteous thing to do in a modern society.

Taking others lives with you and jumping in front of trains off buildings etc is very impolite.

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@Dennis Bauer

Does postpartum depression last 2 years after the kid is born? Kind of long?

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People, please learn to read before commenting. Cripes, many of your suppositions or comments could be answered by reading what was written.

@some14some;

seems she has very sound thinking...perhaps husband is trying to defend wife not child.

Read your own quote from your post.......The woman’s father

@ سعد بن عبدالرشيد

she tried to attempt suicide... so that means... whats the reason behind it? she was being treated for clinical depression following the birth of her daughter and that her condition had worsened in recent weeks.

Postpartum depression is real, my wife went through it with the birth of our second child and even with treatment mother's going through it should if at all possible not be left alone with their newborns. As guys we CAN NOT totally understand what a woman feels like going through it, but we can support and love our wives/mother's of our children so they don't feel alone.

Her call to her father was in fact another call for help. This woman is ill and if she had been diagnosed with post partum depression she should not be held responsible for her actions.

If treated she will be fine in the near future. The point though now is that since she tried to kill her child she is going to need extra care and counselling to recover. It's sad that she did not call her husband, however it is also possible that she could be laying the blame for her depression on him for getting her pregnant. (I know my wife did that to me) BUT again it is very treatable if taken care of and diagnosed properly.

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Post-partum depression is a real illness. She needs to get given the proper help, whether that be counselling, medication or most likely a combination of the two. It's sad how primitive attitudes are towards this in Japan and how strong the stigma attached towards mental illness is, but it's aslo slightly ironic, considering this is a country famed for it's celebration of sadness, transience, the passing of things etc etc

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What is another day in Japan without a story of a crazy parent abusing or killing one or all their kids. However, this one is special. Shoganai ne?

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Oginome - Yes, post-natal depression is a reall illness and, as such, can be treated, but in Japan the quacks just give them enough sleeping pills and anti-depresents to kill themselves and then tell them to come back next month, if they survive, of course.

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If a problem inconveniences or embarrasses Japanese politicians and bureaucrats, it doesn't exist. Or they are separate special cases, all hundred thousand of them.

No other way to react to news like this other than sarcasm.

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why have a kid at the age of 42?! children mess up your life

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WTF! if she want to do suicide then go, fine! grrrrr i want to crash this womans face.

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LH10- Having a bad day are we?

There are parents out there who basically should not be intrusted to be responsible for a tiny human life. There's a big difference between the inhuman who torture, maim, humiliate and starve their kids on a daily basis through to neglectful parents who leave young kids home alone, running around on train platforms/ playing by roads and mothers who are suffering from a medically recognized disease like post partum depression.

Anyone who has been through pregnancy and childbirth, I am counting in the partners here, knows it can be a whirlwind rollacoster of unexpected emotions. Even with planned pregnancies, it can come come as a shock to realize that your world now emcompanses a circuit in your neighborhood and being on call 24/7. Add in hormonal balances and mental depression and it is overwhelming.

I know that the old adage is 'He who helps himself...' but when we're dealing with a mental disorder, the person concerned doesn't even recognize that her/his thought processes are out of key. It becomes their whole world. A bit like looking at a snowglobe and feeling so lonely and isolated on the outside, will most likely follow key. More checks in hospitals on the family circumstances plus monitoring at vaccination times,talk to the parents a little would be a start.

My husband went for a new job recently. He was asked if it was okay for him to work unlimited overtime. He answered fine but if the odd get sick, as his wife works also he might have to refuse sometimes. (we are talking upto 150 hours overtime per month) The young lady then told him that he wasn't successful as this 'was Japan and the wife had to get used to Japanese culture where the husband's job comes before family'.

This happened a month ago. From a young lady in her late twntis. ( Wonder how she will feel when she is a mother herself) Despite Japan's all international work/life balance propaganda it stilldoesn't seem to be filtering down that well! .

I don't think Japan is tops for support but support is out there. I love Japan but child abuse deaths and cases are on the rise. Check the statistics before you verbally thump me in my face! It's okay to ask someone how they are dealing with life but Japanese being Japanese, who for the majority have it installed in them that inconveniencing others is a no no, wil m

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Huge apologies but my keyboard went AWOL ! I meant to say that in a society where you are taught from an early age not to embarrass or bother others, even when you are in dire straits you'll follow key. I've heard so many Japanese label so many trivial, everyday challenges as 'taihen' but when it comes to severe hurdles or really quite intolerable living circumstances, it's 'ganbarre'.

Whilst there are academics out there publishing papers and research addressing this rising problem, those at the top and society as a whole needs to address the reality that Japan, despite it's isolation from the rest of the world for centuries is infact experiencing a lot of the same problems other developed, rich countries have.

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I initially want to provide an amateur diagnosis of Post-Partum Depression (PPD). It turns out that PPD would not apply because it has never included infantcide as a symptom. More likely the diagnosis would be Post-Partum Psychosis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postpartum_psychosis

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Wow, another failure of society. The Japanese government should start realizing already that there is a serious problem going on! How many kids are dead or almost died because of parents not being able to handle stress and/or are depressed?!

I'm so glad the baby survived. What a miracle! Her strong life-force reminds me of that one-year old who was dropped from the 10th floor by his father.

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Maybe no support from family or friends and a bad husband or boyfriend. But suicide is still not a choice

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Al.

When you get to that level you no longer got any feelings/cares/worries left, may they be for what is right/wrong or whatever. Nothing matters anymore so why keep on living all meaning is gone, living has become a pain, struggle and wasted effort, so ....

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Postpartum depression is real, my wife went through it with the birth of our second child and even with treatment mother's going through it should if at all possible not be left alone with their newborns. As guys we CAN NOT totally understand what a woman feels like going through it, but we can support and love our wives/mother's of our children so they don't feel alone.

Post-partum depression is a real illness. She needs to get given the proper help, whether that be counselling, medication or most likely a combination of the two. It's sad how primitive attitudes are towards this in Japan and how strong the stigma attached towards mental illness is, but it's aslo slightly ironic, considering this is a country famed for it's celebration of sadness, transience, the passing of things etc etc

Yubaru, oginome, and all those others who recognise what a serious problem this is - a BIG thank you from one who has suffered with it and now works hard to draw attention and provide support to people with it. And ask anyone - I am the most akarui person you could possibly meet - now. Hard to believe that not even 5 years ago I was on the brink of suicide myself and not in control or aware of what I was thinking, feeling and doing. Yor comments actually brought tears to my eyes that SOMEONE gets it!

It is hard to explain to anyone who has never been through it, and I dont blame anyone who cant understand it. I find it hard to understand myself looking back, and I experienced the whole thing.

To dispell a few misunderstandings - at 22 months it is ENTIRELY possible to still be suffering with it, ESPECIALLY if you are not getting the correct treatment. In fact by that point it is likely to be getting significantly worse - as we see here - as a sense of hopelessness sets in. A kind of feeling that you are NEVER going to be normal again.

You really arent in control of yourself. It is as if you have no feelings or emotions at all. You are like a walking shell of a person, and while you are aware of what is going on around you, none of it seems real and you feel totally was disconnected from everything. That is the best way I can explain it.

It CAN be fixed, and relatively easily too - but you absolutely need the support and understanding of those around you. AND you need the RIGHT meds and the right medical support.

I got treatment in the UK in the end. I had no idea what a state I was in until I got treatment and started to vaguely remember what it felt like to be "normal".

Please Please Please - to anyone whose wife may be going through this - dont give up. You can and will recover from this, but dont put up with the "ganbarre" nonsense, or the doctors that prescribe a weeks worth of antidepressants. Keep pushing until you get the treatment you need - or get out of Japan and go and get it somewhere where they recognise the problem. Because until Japan does, these headlines are going to continue to appear.

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This is so sad, I have no words... 

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This is so sad, I have no words... 

please be strong, dear... we read such news almost every day....

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@tokyokawasaki from my experience, depression in Japan is treated by sending the sufferer to a conversational English class. Talk about awkward.

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What exactly is the treatment for depression in Japan? (other than being told to 'ganbatte')... Being honest, I am surprised they even know how to diagnose the problem..

My experiences...in 2006, in Kobe, I went to see my University's mental health center and got some free counseling after I had problems with grief over my father in law's sudden death, culture shock and frustration stemming from the funeral experience, and I was also starting to have panic attacks. The response to all that stuff I laid out was "shindoi ne, shindoi ne, ganbatte."

2007, I was back in Hawaii I decided to try it out again with UH's free mental health counseling. Right away, I got some very helpful advice and handouts about dealing with stress, grief, and he taught me some breathing techniques for my anxiety, and asked me to come see him every 1 or 2 weeks to see how I am coping. I felt much better after a couple months of sessions.

2009...Was living in Japan for about 2 years, it was December and I was having some very bad issues with the panic attacks, depression, and was hospitalized after a suicide attempt. I got a prescription of Paxil, a ganbare, and each followup was simply "any side effects? Ok, ganbare" By the way, Paxil is a drug but they give it out like candy. My friend was going through a rough breakup and asked for help from her Japanese GP and he gave it right out. It's a horrible thing to start. I got tired of being a zombie and stopped cold turkey and I actually got dizzy spells from the withdrawl. Not exactly something to hand out like candy.

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I think that if she wanted to die then don't kill the baby.

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