A 28-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter were found dead in an Osaka apartment after having apparently starved to death, police said Tuesday.
The woman, who has been named as Michiyo Inoue, and her daughter Rui, were found dead in their Kita Ward apartment on May 27. Fuji TV reported that next to the bodies was a note, believed to have been written by the woman, which read, "I wanted to give her more nutritious food."
According to investigators, the apartment contained no refrigerator and the only condiment in the house was salt. There was no food in the woman's stomach when she was found, the coroner reported. The apartment's gas and electricity had been cut off and the woman's bank account was almost empty. An autopsy revealed that the pair died sometime around February of this year.
Police were quoted as saying that the woman had been estranged from her husband who was abusing her since last year. The woman had not told her husband or her family where she was for fear that he would find her, an acquaintance told Fuji TV. The ward office also had no record of her moving into the apartment.© Japan Today