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An unemployed Aichi Prefecture man accused of abusing the two children of a woman he lived with denied he meant to hurt the kids.

The man appeared for his first trial hearing Thursday before the Nagoya District Court.

Tamotsu Nishino, 35, from Taketoyo, allegedly forced the 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy into extremely hot water in a bathtub in his house to punish them for touching his pet hamster on Jan. 25.

According to prosecutors, he kept the children in the tub although they complained the water was hot. The kids suffered serious burns to their legs that will require four months of treatment.

In the trial, Nishino denied intending to hurt the children, claiming he only put them in the bath to prevent them from catching cold.

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