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20-year-old father arrested over fatal abuse of 2-month-old daughter

Police on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his two-month-old daughter at their home in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward last month. According to police, the suspect, Koki Kobayashi, who is a carpenter by trade, beat his daughter Noa about the head several times on Feb 22. Fuji…


Police on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of fatally abusing his two-month-old daughter at their home in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward last month.

According to police, the suspect, Koki Kobayashi, who is a carpenter by trade, beat his daughter Noa about the head several times on Feb 22. Fuji TV reported that on Feb 25, Noa became ill and her mother called 119. Noa was taken to hospital where she died shortly after arrival due to subcutaneous bleeding.

Hospital officials notified police about a possible case of child abuse. Bruises were found on other parts of Noa’s body and police believe she may have been frequently abused.

Police said Kobayashi has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying his daughter kept crying and he couldn’t sleep, so he hit her. But he denied any intent to kill her.

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