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The father of a 15-year-old boy and the man’s live-in girlfriend were indicted Monday on charges of attempted murder for allegedly abusing and starving the teen for 17 months.

Yasunobu Karasuno, 40, a truck driver in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, and his girlfriend, Natsuyo Kawaguchi, 38, allegedly beat the boy frequently and stopped giving him adequate meals beginning around June 2002. The teen fell into a coma last November and remains unconscious, prosecutors said.

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