A 22 year old mother in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after police say she left her 18 month old daughter alone in a hot room for roughly 18 hours. The tragic incident took place on August 10th, a day when the Japan Meteorological Agency says the outside temperature was 37.7 degrees celsius (99.8º F).
The woman, Kaori Ishizuka, is said to have left her daughter, Riona, alone in her apartment in order to go to work at 12:00 PM, and didn’t turn on the air conditioning. Saitama police said that Ishizuka admitted during questioning that she had left her daughter alone at home before, and so believed that it would be ok to do it again. The child’s exact cause of death was identified as heatstroke.
What makes the death even more unfortunate, and possibly preventable, was that Ishizuka was previously investigated by child consultation services back in July under the suspicion that she was leaving her daughter unsupervised for long periods of time. The young mother denied the allegations at the time, but on two different occasions social workers attempted to make follow-up visits, each time with no one answering the door.
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