Police on Tuesday arrested a couple in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on charges of criminal negligence resulting in manslaughter after they left their daughter in a car for six hours while they played pachinko on Monday. According to police, the one-year-old baby girl was left in the car by her father, Katsuhiko Nakama, 36, and mother Hisako Nakama, 38, from 10 a.m. until around 4:30 p.m. in the pachinko parlor car park. Police said the car windows were closed and the air conditioning was switched off.
Local TV reported that on Monday, the air temperature in Wajima was recorded at 28.9, but the temperature inside the car would have been much higher. Police believe the cause of death to have been heatstroke.