Parents arrested for starving 1-year-old son to death
Japan Today -- May 17
Police arrested a couple in their 20s on Wednesday for allegedly starving to death their 1-year-old son who was found weighing just 3.8 kilograms, less than half the average weight for a child of his age.

Kenshiro Yamabe and his wife Hitomi, both 25, are alleged to have starved their son Haruto in October last year in their apartment in Okegawa in Saitama Prefecture.

The couple made an emergency call after their son fell unconscious. They have admitted to the allegation, saying they only gave him milk when he cried, according to the police.

As there were no signs of physical abuse on the boy's body, the police believe he died as a result of being deprived of food over an extended period of time.

死亡した男の子の体重は、平均の半分以下だったということです。 山辺拳士郎容疑者(25)と妻の仁美容疑者(25)は去年10月、埼玉県桶川市の自宅で当時1歳1カ月の三男・晴ちゃんに十分な食事を与えないまま放置して死亡させた疑いが持たれています。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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