Mother Admits to Charges in Fatal Child Abuse Case in Tokyo


Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--The mother of a five-year-old girl on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges against her over the death of the child at an apartment in Tokyo's Meguro Ward in March 2018 after being abused by her stepfather.

"The charges are broadly true," Yuri Funato, 27, said at the first hearing of a lay-judge trial against her at Tokyo District Court.

"I didn't know that Yua was beaten (by the father), and I couldn't report the abuse to police as I was afraid of reprisals," she said.

The mother has been indicted for allegedly failing to provide necessary medical care to her daughter, on charges of parental negligence resulting in death.

The father, Yudai, 34, has also been indicted on charges of parental negligence and inflicting injuries to the girl. His first court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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