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Doctors stunned as court rules ‘abusive mother’ to be innocent

Date Posted: 2006-03-03

The Naha District Court says there’s inconclusive evidence to prove a woman charged with abusing her seven-month-old baby really did it.

“There is some kind of doubt,” said the court in setting her free, “because we can’t decide she’s a criminal.” The woman was charged in November 2004 after the baby was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. Doctors say the baby never stopped crying, and it appeared the arm had been broken by twisting.

Hospital doctors called police and the Childrens’ Council to investigate. The prosecutor’s office says it can’t believe the verdict.

“Can you not see what the doctor was saying. The baby’s arm was broken in an unusual way, and we know the mother was fighting with her father-in-law about the baby.”

The court ruled that “even though she had stress with her husband, it doesn’t mean she abused the baby. Besides, nobody saw the mother abusing the baby.” The child is now two years old and still at a Prefecture facility. The mother is asking that her baby be returned, but prefecture officials are worried because “she might still be an abuser.” The baby has not been returned yet, but now officials say they’ll have to surrender the baby back to the mother.

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