Police in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 41-year-old woman for attempting to drown her 1-year-old daughter in the bathtub.
According to police, the suspect—identified as Yumiko Takahashi—attempted to drown her daughter Kurumi at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Takahashi’s mother-in-law, who had come over to help babysit, heard Takahashi call out and went into the bathroom. Takahashi and been taking a bath together with her daughter, the woman told police.
Kurumi was taken to hospital and remains unconscious, police said.
Takahashi was quoted by police as saying, “I was having trouble raising kids. I thought that if I killed her, my responsibility would go away.”