THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
February 14, 2019 at 15:40 JST
CHIBA--A man arrested last month in connection with the death of his 10-year-old daughter faces a second charge of terrorizing the girl.
Yuichiro Kurihara, 41, was rearrested Feb. 14 on suspicion of injuring Mia Kurihara at their home sometime between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, resulting in broken chest bones and facial contusion, according to a police announcement.
Kurihara allegedly dragged his daughter's body by her hands, banging her face against the bathroom floor and applied violent pressure to her chest and face.
Chiba prefectural police have not disclosed whether he has admitted to or denied the allegations.
Police suspect that the child's mother, 32-year-old Nagisa Kurihara, was at home during the attack but did nothing to stop the violence.
Mia was found dead in the bathroom of the home on Jan. 24.
Yuichiro was first arrested on Jan. 25 on suspicion of inflicting bodily harm on the girl. Nagisa was arrested Feb. 4 as an accomplice.
Immediately after the first arrest, Yuichiro told police that he was only trying to discipline Mia and that he never intended to harm her.
However, sources said Yuichiro has more recently refused to answer questions asked by investigators.
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