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Friday, August 28, 2009

Stupid! Stupid!

AKITA —

An 11-month-old baby boy died in a locked car after his mother left him to go and play pachinko for nearly three hours in Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, on Thursday afternoon. Police on Friday morning arrested the baby’s mother, 31-year-old Junko Hori, on a charge of abandonment resulting in death.

According to police, Hori left the child, Ryusei, in the car between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. She parked her car at the end of the large parking lot and closed all the windows, leaving Ryusei buckled in his childseat. When she returned to the car, she found Ryusei lifeless and took him to a nearby hospital, where he was confirmed dead soon after. Doctors believe he died due to dehydration.

There was no shade in the parking lot, and at the entrance of the pachinko parlor was a poster warning parents not to leave their children in the car.

According to the Akita area meteorological observatory, the temperature on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the area was 29.3 degrees.

Source: Japan Today

Note: Pachinko parlors are gaming stations, not so unlike casinos (a run-around on the prohibition of gambling in Japan).

6 comments:

I am Xprosaic said...

Sheesh! never ever left a person unattended inside an enclosed vehicle even if it is airconditioned... it is not safe... hayz...

realscore said...

Grabe naman yon! Kawawa tuloy yong bata!

Musicero said...

The hell. Such a failure for a mother.

BlogusVox said...

Bakit ba merong ganyang tao. All they cared for are themselves. Parang hindi mga magulang. Same thing happened to a Fil-Am couple. They went dancing while their child was in the car.

Abaniko said...

Was it intentional or she just forgot? Because a similar incident also happened in Texas (I think) where the father unintentionally left the baby in the car at the parking area for the entire day under the sweltering heat of the sun. He was supposed to drop the baby at a day care center but entirely forgot about it.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

What a senseless tragedy.