A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday, after allegedly hitting her husband's 5-year-old daughter, resulting in the girl's death.
Hiroko Teramoto, who lived in Sanda City in Hyogo Prefecture with her husband and his two children from his previous marriage, is accused of hitting Natsumi - her husband's 5-year-old daughter - on June 24, inflicting injuries that took a week to heal.
Staff at Natsumi's kindergarten noticed her cheek was swollen and called a local government office, who referred the case to a children's welfare center. Natsumi was taken into protective care the next day and Teramato admitted to abusing her.
Natsumi was released on July 23, however, with the welfare center citing an improvement in Teramoto's relationship with Natsumi, and had the pair come into the center three times afterwards for an interview.
Natsumi suffered a serious head injury on Nov 24, however, and was taken to hospital in an unconscious state. She died five days later from a brain hemorrhage. The hospital notified police after considering the death suspicious.
Teramoto initially said Natsumi had injured herself on the balcony but has now admitted to hitting her.
Teramoto and her husband got divorced in December, and Teramoto returned to her hometown in Akita Prefecture, where she was arrested on Thursday.© News reports