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OKAYAMA (Kyodo) The Okayama District Court sentenced a woman to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday for causing the death of her son by force-feeding him hot pepper powder two years ago.

The three-judge panel found that Miyuki Mitsunaka, 33, forced “shichimi togarashi” seven-flavor chili pepper powder into the mouth and throat of her son, Kakeru, 4, at their home in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Jan. 3, 2007, causing the boy to choke to death.

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