• Kyodo


A 11-year-old boy stabbed his mother to death at their home here Saturday, police said.

Police said the boy, whose name is being withheld, turned himself in at a local police box at around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Police officers rushed to the apartment where the boy and his 44-year-old mother were living and found the mother lying in a pool of blood. The officers confirmed the woman was dead soon afterward.

Police quoted the boy as saying that he stabbed his mother to death with a kitchen knife after being scolded for trying to kill himself with the knife.

Arrest in baby’s death

OSAKA — Police arrested a 28-year-old woman Saturday on suspicion of killing her 1-year-old daughter at her home in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture.

Chieko Tamura is suspected of binding her daughter Ayaka by wrapping her in a quilt around 4 p.m. Friday and leaving her unattended for 21/2 hours to die, police said.

Tamura admitted wrapping the girl in the quilt, but denied the murder charge, police said, adding that they believe the act itself constitutes murderous intent or willful negligence.

Tamura found Ayaka unconscious and pale at around 6:30 p.m. when her husband asked her where the child was, according to police.

The baby was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly afterward, they said.

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