Girl, 9, dies of stab wounds to chest

Kyodo

A 9-year-old girl, found alone at her home in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, died Friday afternoon from stab wounds to her chest, police said.

Yukiko Tsutsushio was discovered in a room on the ground floor of her house at around 3:35 p.m. by her 15-year-old sister when she returned home from school, the police said. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The police said they are treating her death as murder. The weapon has not been found.

Yukiko left school grounds with a few friends after classes were let out at 2:40 p.m.

She lived with her parents, grandmother, sister and an elder brother, the police said.