Baby dies after left alone for 16 hours; Tokyo mom arrested
Japan Times -- Jul 25
A woman was arrested Friday in connection with the death of her 3-month-old girl, who was allegedly left unattended for about 16 hours at their home in the capital.

Ai Sakamoto, 30, of Taito Ward allegedly left the infant unattended between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the police.

According to the police, Sakamoto said she always breastfed the infant, denying allegations of neglect.

Sakamoto found her daughter unconscious upon returning home Thursday and made an emergency 119 call to the fire department for an ambulance. The baby had no external injuries and died after being taken to a hospital, the police said.

生後3カ月くらいの長女を東京・台東区の自宅マンションに半日以上、放置したとして、30歳の母親が逮捕されました。長女はその後、死亡が確認されました。  坂元愛容疑者は生後3カ月くらいの長女を22日午後5時半ごろから23日午前9時半ごろまでの約16時間、台東区内の自宅マンションに1人で放置した保護責任者遺棄の疑いが持たれています。警視庁によりますと、坂元容疑者は長女と2人暮らしで、長女を寝かせた後に外出しました。約16時間後に帰宅したところ、長女の意識がないことに気付き、119番通報したということです。長女は搬送先の病院で死亡が確認されました。取り調べに対し、坂元容疑者は「間違いありません」と容疑を認めていて、警視庁は外出先など詳しい経緯を調べています。
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