A 4-month-old boy died of a fractured skull at an unauthorized childcare facility in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said.
According to police, a male employee of the Chibikko Boy facility called 119 reporting that a baby had stopped breathing at around 4:30 a.m. on Dec 6, Sankei Shimbun reported Thursday. The boy was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead. An autopsy revealed that he had suffered an external impact to his head which fractured his skull.
A friend of the boy’s mother left him in the care of the facility at midnight on Dec 5.
Police said Thursday that surveillance camera footage did not show the baby falling or being hit by anyone.
Prefectural welfare officials said the facility was not licensed to operate as a childcare center and that there was only one employee, a man in his 30s, on duty at the time. There were four other children at the facility from Saturday night to Sunday morning.© Japan Today