Japanese mother is imprisoned for daughter’s death
Japanese mother is imprisoned for the death of daughter, five, who begged for approval in her diary and wrote: & # 39; I will do more things without Mom and Dad telling me what to do & # 39; before she died in a shocking case of child abuse
- Yuri Funato, 27, was imprisoned for eight years after the death of her daughter Yua
- Mother pleaded guilty to parental neglect after the five-year-old died in March 2018
- Yua is said to have been abused by her stepfather Yudai Funato, 34
A Japanese mother was imprisoned for eight years after the death of her five-year-old daughter, in a shocking child abuse case that caused a national protest.
Yuri Funato, 27, was sentenced to Tuesday in Tokyo after being found guilty of parental neglect that led to the death of her daughter Yua.
The five-year-old died shortly before her sixth birthday on March 2 last year, after developing sepsis and pneumonia, the Straits Times reported.
The young girl, reportedly abused by her stepfather Yudai Funato, 34, had urged her parents to forgive her in a journal entry written before her death.
Yuri Funato, 27, sentenced Tuesday an eight-year prison sentence in Tokyo after being found guilty of parental neglect that led to the death of her daughter Yua (photo: mother and child mourning
In one passage she wrote: & # 39; Please forgive me. I will make sure that I can do more things tomorrow than today, without Mom and Dad having to tell me what to do. & # 39;
Her words caused indignation throughout Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approaching the case in Parliament when he promised to make an effort to ban child abuse.
& # 39; We are determined to do everything we can (to prevent child abuse), including providing full support for efforts by local authorities & # 39 ;, he said in February. & # 39; We have to work while putting children's lives first. & # 39;
Yudai & # 39; s abuse of Yua began after her mother gave birth to a son in 2016, reports reports.
The girl, who had not been fed enough since January and weighed only 12.2 kg, had lost more than 4 kg in two months after eating only two bowls of soup a day.
Yua would also have been regularly locked up in her home in Meguro Ward, Tokyo and starved when her mother and stepfather, now divorced, cared for her brother.
Her words caused indignation throughout Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approaching the case in Parliament when he promised to make an effort to ban child abuse (Shinzo Abe on Tuesday)
In the trial, prosecutors said that Yuri had prioritized her relationship with her husband over the welfare of her daughter, the Japan Times reported.
& # 39; She failed to do the absolute minimum of a parent to protect her child by contacting a medical facility or her own parents, & # 39; they said.
It was also said that the mother had not taken Yua to the hospital in February 2018 after becoming ill due to the alleged abuse of her stepfather.
Lawyers who defended Yuri claimed that she had been powerless to stop her husband, because she had also been the victim of his & # 39; ruthless psychological abuse & # 39 ;.
But the court concluded that this psychological abuse by her ex-husband & # 39; cannot be a factor that would significantly reduce her responsibility & # 39 ;.
Yuri was also found guilty of failing to warn the authorities of the alleged abuse of Yua by the hands of her ex-husband, and stopping welfare workers to see her daughter, reports.
Her ex-husband Yudai is accused of neglecting and attacking Yua and will stand trial on October 1.
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