Police have arrested a 27-year-old man for fatally beating the 4-year-old son of his girlfriend at their apartment in Tokyo.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Ryuji Kawabe, was arrested for assault by police on Friday after allegedly punching the boy, Hayato Narita, in the face, TBS reported. The boy’s 22-year-old mother called an ambulance on Friday night after he fell unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
On Saturday, police upgraded the charge against Kawabe to one of manslaughter.
During questioning, Kawabe was quoted by police as admitting that he hit the boy in the head and stomach because he wouldn’t eat his lunch, according to TBS.
The boy’s mother told police she was out at the time of the beating.