Mom Gets 8 Years in High-Profile Tokyo Abuse Case

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court sentenced a 27-year-old mother to a prison term of eight years on Tuesday for failing to protect her child in a high-profile abuse case that led to the death in March 2018 of the five-year-old girl following violence by her stepfather.

Public prosecutors demanded an 11-year prison term for Yuri Funato for failing to provide necessary medical care to the girl in a case of parental negligence resulting in death. The defense side claimed five years was appropriate.

In court hearings of the trial by lay judges, the prosecutors claimed that the stepfather, Yudai, 34, started severely abusing the girl, Yua, after the family moved to Tokyo's Meguro Ward from Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, on Jan. 23, 2018.

The prosecutors said the girl was given little food and was assaulted by the stepfather and that she had bruises and other wounds on over 170 places on her body. They also said the girl lost about 4 kilograms in the some two months before she died.

The mother tolerated the abuse by the stepfather as she prioritized him over the girl, the prosecutors said.

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