Mother suspected of killing 3-month-old by dropping her on floor
Japan Today -- Jun 14
A 31-year-old woman in Niigata Prefecture has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 3-month-old daughter by repeatedly dropping her on the floor, police said Thursday.

Noriko Ito, a Nagaoka city official in charge of promoting gender equality, admitted the allegation to police after her daughter, Hikari, was confirmed dead in hospital from brain contusion.

People close to her said she appeared distressed over child-rearing, according to investigative sources. Married to a fellow Nagaoka city official, Ito also has a son and was on childcare leave from April, according to the city.

She was home alone with the newborn at the time of the incident. The case came to light when the baby's grandmother called an ambulance after finding her bleeding on the floor when she visited their home on Wednesday.

News source: Japan Today
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