Police in Chiba Prefecture have taken into custody a child who allegedly burned down her house following parental neglect.
According to police, firefighters were called to a blaze at the 12-year-old girl’s Abiko home at around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. TBS reported that investigators, searching for the source of the fire, which razed the building to the ground, learned that the girl had used a lighter to set fire to a sliding screen door leading to her parents bedroom.
The girl was taken into protective custody where she told care workers, “It was hot and I was irritated. I hate living with my mother.”
TBS quoted police as saying that the 44-year-old mother’s eldest daughter, 27, contacted the authorities in October last year to report that her mother had ceased to prepare food for the girl and had neglected all parental responsibilities. The girl was reportedly taken into care temporarily following the call, but then allowed to return to her parents.
The girl’s parents were not home at the time of the fire.