Woman arrested over abuse of 6-month-old daughter

OSAKA —

Police in Osaka have arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of abusing her six-month-old daughter last year. The child suffered multiple head fractures and remains half paralyzed, police said.

Police have charged the mother, Yuka Dogin, with beating the child last April at their home in Suminoe Ward. Sankei Shimbun reported that at the time, Dogin was living with her husband, 28, and two-year-old son.

Dogin, who was arrested on Tuesday, was quoted by police as saying she doesn’t want to say anything right now.

According to police, on the evening of April 12 last year, Dogin called 119, claiming that her child’s complexion was bad. She said that her daughter had fallen from her cot. However, doctors said the girl had a fractured skull and the left side of her brain was in a state of cerebral infarction. The girl is currently paralyzed on the right side of her body and hospitalized with no chance of full recovery, doctors say.

Meanwhile, local media reported Wednesday that after giving birth to her daughter in September 2015, Dogin consulted the Child Welfare Office and said, “I don’t think my child is cute.” The newborn baby was then taken into protective custody at a hospital for infants but released back into the custody of her parents at the end of March 2016.

Japan Today

13 Comments

  • 0

    sensei258

    While PPD can continue for years if left untreated, it still wouldn't excuse what she did, only help explain it

  • -1

    Alistair Carnell

    “I don’t think my child is cute.”

    It's a newborn baby, what did this monster of a mother expect, a chihuahua, Mickey mouse, an anime cherubim?

  • 0

    Speed

    : (

  • 1

    samwatters

    "It's a newborn baby, what did this monster of a mother expect, a chihuahua, Mickey mouse, an anime cherubim?"

    @Alistar Carnell. I know you were being sarcastic but, yeah, she probably did expect something with big cute eyes that spoke in a squeaky voice. That's unrealistic some people are in regards to parenting.

  • 4

    DaDude

    While PPD can continue for years if left untreated

    Are we at the point that every woman who kills or harms a child is automatically suffering PPD?

  • 0

    Aly Rustom

    The newborn baby was then taken into protective custody at a hospital for infants but released back into the custody of her parents at the end of March 2016.

    The hospital is also partly to blame for the irresponsible release of this helpless child back into her monster mother's care. Now the poor thing is paralyzed. Crap, I feel my whole day is ruined after reading this. I'm going to go home and hug my toddler son asap.

  • 1

    noirgaijin

    Dogin consulted the Child Welfare Office and said, “I don’t think my child is cute.”

    I guess that's where we differ, I think all babies are cute.

  • 1

    Maria

    A terrible thing, irreperable, as the poor child is injured for life.

    People often complain about such incidents and say, "Why didn't s/he seek help?" when a caregiver attacks the person they are caring for. But Dogin did reach out for help - she consulted the Child Welfare Office, expressed lack of care for her baby, and the child was taken into care for six months. She obviously told them she couldn't handle having this baby or hey wouldn't have taken it away. Who decided she was fit or ready to have responsibility for the child again? What counseling did Dogin have in the meantime? Was Dogin agreeable to taking the baby back? What were the follow-up visits like in that fortnight after the baby was returned to her family?

    Massive cockup here.

  • 0

    sensei258

    @ DaDude I only said that to preclude any conversation on the topic I have no way of knowing if she had PPD or some other problem I'm not a doctor and of course I can't diagnose through the internet by reading an article

  • 0

    Maria

    tsk. irreparable

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    "The child suffered multiple head fractures and remains half paralyzed, police said"

    And yet there are those who will pity the woman, who has now destroyed this child's life before it has truly begun, and say it's not her fault, etc. By all means, get the woman help -- but from prison, and for the love of god take the already half-paralyzed and abused child away forever.

  • 1

    HaiDesu

    Anyway,sad to hear a mother could do this to her infant child. Being a parent is stressful but if one can't handle it, one should try to put it up for adoption. And the Child Welfare Office did not do their job considering the real translation. To say my child is not cute, could be taken a parent being critical of the child's looks. However to say one has no love for their child should raise big red flags.

  • -6

    Maria

    “I don’t think my child is cute.”

    kawaii culture has really taken hold of Japan. Parents in Japan expect their children to be cute, and if they aren't they try to kill them. We know this from the media. An ugly child is useless.

    There are a lot of cases where teenage and adult children attack and kill their ailing parents. This is also because the parents, being old, are no longer cute; also they don't work any more, so are useless.

    Women are hired and fired based on their cute factor. This is true, we know that pretty women are hired for jobs in which they are to be seen.

    Appearance is everything in Japan. That is undoubtedly why this woman tried to kill her baby. There can't be any other reason.

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