A 17-month-old boy fell into a bathtub with his clothes on and apparently drowned at a daycare center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, police said.
According to police, the incident occurred on Thursday. Fuji TV reported that the 69-year-old woman who runs the center, found the boy, Jo Sakamoto, unconscious in the bathtub at around 8:15 p.m. She called 119 and the boy was rushed to hospital where he died Friday morning. The cause of death was hypoxic encephalopathy due to drowning.
Four children were at the daycare center at the time. The woman was quoted by police as saying she was getting the children ready to take a bath, when Sakamoto apparently wandered into the bathroom by himself.
Police said the privately-run center is a non-registered daycare facility that operates 24 hours a day. It is part of a residence owned by the woman and her husband.© Japan Today