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2-year-old girl drowns in Aichi river


A 2-year-old girl drowned in a river in Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture, on Sunday.

Police said the girl, identified as Hana Mase, was found floating unconscious in a river near her home at around 11:30 a.m., Fuji TV reported. According to police, Hana had gone to play by the river near her grandparents’ house at around 11 a.m. She was found floating in the river in an area 15 meters wide and one meter deep. Hana was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said that although there was a fence near the area where she had been playing, there was a 20-cm gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground through which the young girl may have fallen.

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i'm sure the grandparents are in shock and grief, but shouldn't they be brought up on charges of child neglect? how can you leave a two-year-old child unsupervised like that?

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Having a 30 month old, I can speak from experience that the grand parents were being extremely careless.

You can never leave a child of that age in an outside environment without keeping an eye on them.

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I disagree with you guys... except Sensei258. Where in the article does it say her parents weren't at the grandparents house?

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According to police, Hana had gone to play by the river near her grandparents’ house at around 11 a.m.

Who the heck lets a 2 year old do this?!? Are the flippin out of their minds?

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A 2 year old is a danger even under supervision.

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@crazyJoe What?

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Neglect, plain and simple. I know a LOT of grandparents who talk about how exhausted they are from the visits from the little ones, and that's because they constantly had to keep an eye on them. I have never heard them say, "Sure, our granddaughter came over, but it was no problem because we put her outside to play on her own." And for good reason.

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What? Letting a 2-year-old go outside on their own is just unfathomable and definitely neglectful. RIP, young one.

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Ah, yes! Let's let a two year old girl go and play by the river unsupervised. What a great idea!

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Obviously it's a case of neglect, but what are you going to do? Throw a couple grieving old people in jail? It's not like they're going to have an opportunity to re-offend.

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Very sad to read this

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I have to concur with Haaa. There's not enough information in the article to identify who was responsible for watching the child. I do agree that SOMEONE was guilty of neglect, though.

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If you live near a river, and have an active, dearly-loved 2 year old little girl, there can be nothing more important than keeping her safe. Not cooking dinner, not taking a nap, not stepping out to the market, not "I thought you were watching her", not "She was sleeping when last I checked", not etc, etc. Yes I've raised babies (children and grandchildren), so don't even try to say I don't understand. Even now, I still hold my grand daughter's hand while crossing the street in a pedestrian crossing, and she's 7.

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Yep, she should have been supervised... totally agree. However, I've got a 3 year old nephew who I took for a walk along the bank of a river near my parents' house... and if anything happened to him because I wasn't paying attention, do you blame me or my parents because of the location? Article doesn't give any info as to who was there. For all we know the grandparents were away and the mother was just at the house watering some plants or something. The only thing apparent is location... and where to come if I'm hunting witches.

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Supervised and a soft fence at least.

Even supervised a 2-3 yr old will be lightning fast. We even provided pool nets and fences for our private properties.

We all learned to swim at age 2-3 and still had those safeguards. Still shocked how many kids here can't swim/float, back home that would be unmanageable le.

Heck we also do a timed 1km swim(29 min1,m, 3m, 5m and 10m dives and rescue swimming we are NOT part of an ocean.

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Don't blame the grandparents just because this happened near the grandparents' house.

The girl's family was visiting the grandparents' at the time and 6 people including the girl's parents were there. The girl was playing with her older cousins age 6 and 9 and then disappeared only to be found floating.

The parents are at fault by trusting those older children to watch the 2 year-old (while they had a newborn baby with them) but this is just so sad for everyone involved.

I sincerely hope that those two older children do not feel guilty in any way, and they need emotional support.

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