28-year-old mother arrested after 2-month-old son dies of malnutrition

Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of parental neglect resulting in death after her two-month-old son died of malnutrition.
Yu Chiba, a resident of Aoba Ward, was arrested on Friday and has admitted to the charge, Fuji TV reported. She was quoted by police as saying, “About 10 days before Futo (the infant) died, I didn’t have enough money to buy infant formula. I should have taken him to the hospital sooner.”
According to police, Chiba’s mother visited the family on Thursday afternoon at around 5 p.m. and saw the frail condition of Futo and his twin brother. She took them to hospital where Futo died on Friday at around 6:45 a.m. from dehydration and malnutrition. Doctors said he weighed only 3.1 kgs. Futo’s twin brother was also suffering from malnutrition but is in a stable condition, police said.
Chiba lived with her 58-year-old father, and the twins – who were born on Nov 19. She has two other children, a boy and a girl, who are currently in a child welfare center.

© Japan Today
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