• Kyodo


A 24-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of cutting off part of her 4-month-old son’s genitals early last month, police officials said.

Shizue Tamura from Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, told investigators that she used a safety razor to attack her son’s genitals at her apartment March 1, the officials said.

The toddler’s injury will require two months of treatment.

Tamura was quoted as telling police that she committed the crime “in a fit of general mistrust of the male sex,” as she had been abused since her childhood.

Her son has been placed in the care of a local child welfare facility, together with his 2-year-old brother.

Police said there was no evidence the two children had been subjected to habitual abuse.

Tamura lived in the apartment with her two sons. Immediately after the incident, she called an ambulance and explained to medics that her son had been bitten by her pet dog, the officials said.

But doctors grew suspicious because the injury looked as though it had been inflicted by a sharp instrument.

Initially, Tamura told police that she had found her son injured when she came home and tried to lay the blame on an intruder.

But after checking the alibis of Tamura and her boyfriend, who also had a key to the apartment, police determined that the mother must have been responsible, the officials said.

Strangling arrest made

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) A 37-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of strangling her 7-year-old son, police officials said.

Chiaki Onodera, of Takatsu Ward, Kawasaki, was quoted as telling police that she killed her son, Sosuke, in a fit of rage after a quarrel over the boy’s refusal to attend a “juku” cram school.

Onodera called a local police station at about 5:30 p.m., saying her son had become immobile after she choked him.

Officers who rushed to the house found the boy collapsed on a bed on the second floor. He was taken to a nearby hospital but was confirmed dead about an hour later.

Onodera and her husband also have a 9-year-old daughter. She told investigators that, in recent days, the boy started protesting his attendance of the cram school, the officials said.

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