Yumiko Takahashi knew that her 19-month-old baby, Neo, had a high fever when
she checked his temperature in the afternoon, but left him in bed unattended,
A post mortem examination revealed that Neo had died at 2:00 pm, police said.
His mother found his lifeless body the next morning, police said.
Takahashi, 29, was arrested on suspicion of child neglect which caused death, a
police spokesperson in Otsu, western Japan said, adding that the delay in the
arrest was due to agents “carrying out the necessary investigations.”
Takahashi, whose first child died a few days after birth and lost another son
after he fell from the balcony of her apartment, told police she had been busy
on chat rooms.
“I sought solace in chatting online to connect with other people for three
years since I was depressed by the loss of my son in an accident,” the
woman said in a statement. “Raising children is too complicated,” she
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