Police said Monday they have arrested a care worker in Mihama, Mie Prefecture, after it emerged that she hit and seriously injured a 1-year-old girl with her car and then posed as an eyewitness to the incident.
According to police, the woman, who has been named as 33-year-old Setsumi Hamaguchi, was driving through Mihama on Route 42 at around 7 p.m. on Friday when she allegedly hit 1-year-old Yuina Yabu with her vehicle, Fuji TV reported. The infant sustained a cerebral contusion and other injuries in the incident and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Police said that Hamaguchi told them she stopped her car and ran back and picked Yuina up in her arms at which point she was approached by the girl's father. Hamaguchi claimed to have been an eyewitness to the hit-and-run incident, Fuji reported.
Police later discovered the truth during questioning. Hamaguchi was quoted as saying she was scared and couldn't tell the truth.© Japan Today