Man Admits Charges in High-Profile Tokyo Child Abuse Case

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)--A 34-year-old man broadly pleaded guilty Tuesday in a high-profile child abuse case in Tokyo that led to a law revision to strengthen the functions of child consultation centers across Japan.

On the first day of his trial by lay judges at Tokyo District Court, the accused, Yudai Funato, admitted charges of injury and abandonment as a guardian causing death.

He is accused of assaulting his five-year-old stepdaughter, Yua, and letting her to die in March 2018 by failing to take her to hospital.

"I felt her health was in danger around March 1 (the day before she died). Other than that, the indictment is correct," he said.

The victim's mother Yuri, 27, was sentenced to an eight-year prison term Sept. 17 for failing to protect her child. She has appealed to a higher court.

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