• Kyodo


A 47-year-old grandmother was sentenced Tuesday to 16 months in prison for participating in physical abuse that lead to the death of her grandson in February.

The Chiba District Court found Kazue Seki guilty of binding her 3-year-old grandson, Kakeru Yamamoto, to a pillar with a leather belt for 31/2 hours at their residence in the city of Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, on the morning of Feb. 13. A public nurse discovered the boy strapped to the pillar.

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