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Osaka: 1-year-old girl dies after father puts her in closet

in Osaka City's Kita Ward
A 1-year-old girl died after he father placed her in a closet in their residence in Osaka City’s Kita Ward (Twitter)

OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 24-year-old man who confined his 1-year-old daughter, who later died, in a closet in their residence in Osaka City’s Kita Ward, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Mar. 11).

At around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, taxi driver Ryoma Konishi allegedly wrapped his second daughter, Maria, in a blanket and placed her in the closet in the residence, located in the Oyodonaka area.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, Maria was found to not be breathing. The girl was later confirmed dead at a hospital. The results of an autopsy revealed that the girl died due to suffocation, the Oyodo Police Station said.

Konishi, who has been accused of neglecting his responsibility as a guardian, denies the allegations, saying that he did not intend to abandon the girl. “Because she was noisy I only wrapped her in a blanket,” the suspect was quoted by police.

At the time of the incident, the suspect’s wife, 26, was outside the residence due to work. The couple’s eldest daughter, 2, was sleeping.

A neighbor tells Nippon News Network (Mar. 11) that the sounds a crying child could be heard coming from the residence each night.