Baby boy dies in locked car while mother plays pachinko
Friday 28th August, 08:22 AM JST
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).