Parents arrested for abuse of three children

Police in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 30-year-old man and his 30-year-old wife on suspicion of abusing three of their four children - a son aged 7 and two daughters aged 5 and 2.
According to police, Yuya Dobashi, who works as a security guard, hit his son’s face repeatedly with a flyswatter at their home on Dec 6, Sankei Shimbun reported. His wife Hikaru strongly pinched her daughters on the face and chin on Wednesday .
Staff at the daycare center which the two-year-old girl attends noticed bruises on her face on Wednesday and notified a child welfare center about a possible case of abuse,. The center contacted police who questioned both parents on Thursday.
Police said Dobashi and his wife have admitted to abusing their children because “they wouldn’t do as they were told.”
The Dobashi also have an 8-year-old son. Police said all four children have been taken into protective custody.

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