Apparent Footage Showing Abuse of Chiba Girl Found


Chiba, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)--Police have found an apparent video showing the abuse of Mia Kurihara, a 10-year-old girl, who died at her home in the eastern Japan prefecture of Chiba last month, investigative sources said Saturday.

In the high-profile case of possible abuse, the police department of the prefecture has arrested the girl's father, Yuichiro, and her mother, Nagisa, on suspicion of inflicting bodily injuries to their daughter.

The police are analyzing the video, suspecting that the girl had been abused regularly.

According to the sources, the footage included images of the elementary school fourth-grader suffering violence from a person believed to be her father, begging forgiveness and becoming limp.

The video, which was stored in a digital medium owned by Yuichiro, is thought to have been taken in January by the girl's father or mother using a smartphone at their home in the city of Noda in Chiba.

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