Drunk man, 32, collapses on sleeping nephew, suffocates him to death

tokyoreporter.com -- Mar 26
A 32-year-old man who while intoxicated last month collapsed atop his sleeping nephew and suffocated him to death, police have revealed, reports Fuji News Network.

At around 11:00 p.m. on February 6, Tatsuya Hamada, an industrial painter, allegedly collapsed atop his nephew, 9-year-old Rukiya, as he slept on the first floor of their residence in Suzuka City.

The boy was later confirmed dead at a hospital. The cause of death was brain damage due to lack of oxygen stemming from pressure applied to his chest, the Suzuka Police Station said.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of gross negligence resulting in death on Thursday, Hamada admitted to the allegations. “I covered [my nephew with my body], but since I was drunk I do not recall details [of the matter],” the suspect told police.

According to police, Hamada and the boy, a third-year elementary school student, are among 11 people living in the residence.

Hamada, who weighs 80 kilograms, sleeps on the second floor. However, on the night of the incident he went into the boy’s room on the first floor.

About one hour later, his mother found Hamada atop him and alerted emergency services. However, the boy was later confirmed dead at a hospital.

- tokyoreporter.com

寝ている9歳の男の子の上に酔って覆いかぶさり、死亡させた疑いで、三重県鈴鹿市の男が逮捕されました。  逮捕されたのは三重県鈴鹿市の塗装工・濱田達也容疑者(32)です。警察によりますと、濱田容疑者は先月、深夜に酒に酔って帰宅し、子ども部屋で寝ている小学3年生の甥・後藤瑠稀哉くん(9)の上に覆いかぶさって寝てしまい、瑠稀哉くんを死亡させた重過失致死の疑いがもたれています。  およそ1時間後に瑠稀哉くんの母親が気づき、濱田容疑者を押しのけましたが、瑠稀哉くんはすでに意識がなく、病院で死亡しました。死因は胸などを圧迫されたことによる低酸素脳症でした。  濱田容疑者の体重は80キロ台とみられ、取り調べに対し、「間違いありませんが、酔っていて詳しいことは覚えていません」と供述しているということです。 - TBS NEWS