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The parents of 3-year-old and 1-year-old girls were given a suspended prison sentence Tuesday for leaving their daughters at home in Kagoshima while the couple stayed at a hotel for more than a week after receiving the government’s COVID-19 cash handout.

Mitsugu Yamamoto, 28, and his wife Kazuki, 24, charged with abandonment of guarantor responsibility, were sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years, with Judge Kanji Tomita at the Kagoshima District Court saying, “It was a crime that posed a high risk to life” particularly for the smaller girl who was found dehydrated.

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