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Chiba cops: Woman, 2 children die in suspected murder-suicide

The beach in Kamogawa City
The beach in Kamogawa City

CHIBA (TR) – Chiba Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide after the discovery of the bodies of a woman and two of her children on a beach in Kamogawa City, reports NHK (July 4).

At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, police received a tip about a “woman who stabbed children” on a beach in the Higashicho area.

Officers from the Kamogawa Police Station arriving at the scene found the bodies of Chie Ito, a 38-year-old resident of Sodegaura City, her two sons, aged 4 and 8, and one daughter, 10, collapsed and bleeding on the sand.

After being transported to a nearby hospital, Ito, the daughter and her 8-year-old son were confirmed dead. The 4-year-old daughter subsequently underwent a surgical procedure in an intensive care unit.

Police found a knife near the bodies. It is suspected that Ito stabbed her children before taking her own life.

According to TBS News (July 4), Ito visited the beach on Monday with the three victims, her 6-year-old daughter and 39-year-old husband. There is no information available on her husband or the 6-year-old daughter.