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Child Abuse on the Rise

Date Posted: 1999-05-14

The country’s economic crisis is being seen as partly responsible for an alarming rise in the number of child abuse cases, a recent survey shows. In some cases, children died because parents were unable to repay debts, and by killing their offspring believed expenses would be less taxing.

In one particularly heinous crime, one couple in debt “wrapped their 1 year old daughter in a wet towel, then left her for dead in an unheated room,” the Mainichi newspaper said.

According to the Mainichi survey, a debt-ridden Hokkaido man killed his son, 7, because he wanted to be arrested in order to avoid paying back the huge amount he owed.

In the last six months, 26 children died at the hands of loved ones unable, said the Mainichi, to cope with incessant crying, excessive debts, and a failure to “bond with their offspring.” Ninety-percent of the victims were under six.

In Nagoya last week, a newborn baby was bashed by her father who claimed “she cried every time he held her.” A day later, he bit the girl, according to the Mainichi.

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