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Baby dies in car as mum plays pachinko

Published on Aug 18, 2012 4:42 PM

KUWANA, JAPAN (YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A woman was arrested on Friday on suspicion of causing the death of her five-month-old baby by leaving him alone in a car in the summer heat while she played pachinko.

According to police, 45-year-old Takako Sato allegedly left her son Ryosuke in a car in the parking lot of a pachinko parlour for three hours until about 5.20 pm on Thursday, apparently causing him to die of heat stroke.

The boy was in a baby seat in the backseat and had no signs of injury. The car's air conditioner was turned off, and the parking lot had no roof.

According to the Tsu District Meteorological Observatory, the highest temperature of the day in Kuwana was 32.9 deg C, recorded at 3.10pm. Sato has reportedly admitted to the allegations, saying that she wanted time to herself to think and started playing pachinko at around 2.30pm.