Japanese baby survives 10-floor fall

2011-12-15 19:28
Tokyo - A Japanese baby survived a 10-floor fall virtually unscathed after being deliberately dropped by his father from their apartment on Thursday, reports said.

The 1-year-old boy landed in some shrubbery at the bottom of the building, where he was found in tears by police officers who had rushed to the scene, local reports said.

Police arrested the boy's 37-year-old father on suspicion of attempted murder. The suspect was named by media as Shingo Hashimoto, who reportedly admitted to the crime.

"I tried to kill my son. I tried to strangle him with my hands and dropped him" out of his bedroom window, the police quoted the father as saying, according to Kyodo News.

The police said the youngster suffered only slight cuts to his face and Hashimoto called the police himself after the incident, Kyodo said.

Hashimoto's family told police that he recently seemed to be "distressed about work".

Hashimoto had been alone with his son at the time of the incident, local media said.

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