MAEBASHI, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) A 25-year-old man in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, and his 28-year-old wife were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fatally beating their 3-year-old son, police said.

The pair repeatedly beat their son, Heki, at their apartment Tuesday night, according to police. The pair have owned up to the killing, saying that in order to discipline him, they hit the boy with a mop handle and forced him to sit on his knees in a bathtub full of water for about two hours.

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