Parents get 7 years in prison for fatal abuse of 4-year-old daughter

Japan Today -- Feb 26
A 32-year-old man and his 30-year-old wife have been sentenced to seven years in prison for fatally abusing their 4-year-old daughter in 2017 at their home in Ina, Saitama Prefecture.

The Saitama District Court handed down verdict Thursday against Yuki Iwai, who was self-employed, and his wife Masumi, who worked part-time. They were convicted of parental neglect resulting in the death of their daughter Kokoro, Fuji TV reported. Kokoro died from hypothermia on Dec 21, 2017, after her mother took her to a hospital.

Doctors found more than 10 bruises on her arms, legs and stomach. An autopsy also revealed that she had suffered malnutrition.

Prosecutors claimed that Kokoro’s parents, who were arrested in March 2020, had been underfeeding her from October 2017 and had subjected her to physical abuse on a regular basis from November, including hitting her on the back with a three-kilogram dumbbell. ...continue reading

埼玉県伊奈町で当時4歳の長女に虐待を加え、適切な治療を受けさせずに死亡させた罪に問われた夫婦に対し、さいたま地裁は、共に懲役7年の判決を言い渡しました。 - 日テレNEWS