• Kyodo


A 39-year-old mother in Kobe was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to strangle her 5-month-old son, who was confirmed dead after being taken to hospital, police said.

Yoriko Sugino, a flight attendant, was initially suspected of attempted murder but police changed the charge to murder due to the baby’s death. Police said the woman told investigators that she had become fed up with child-rearing.

After telling her mother around 10 a.m. that she squeezed the baby’s neck and he was not breathing, Sugino, encouraged by her mother, called an ambulance, police said.

Alerted by the local fire department which received the call, police rushed to the house, where Sugino lived with her baby son, Gensai, and her parents. Her 41-year-old husband is in Tokyo working.

According to All Nippon Airways, which Sugino worked for, she was on maternity leave.

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