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A mother in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, who was arrested after her two young daughters died of heatstroke had left them in a parked car while she went to at least three bars with a male friend for hours, sources said Saturday.

Maria Takeuchi, 26, was arrested Friday for allegedly leaving her daughters — Mayuri, 6, and Yurie, 3 — in a car for over 15 hours through early Thursday afternoon, when the children were found unresponsive. They were later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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