Japanese charged for mauling stepdaughter, 4, to death

Japanese charged for mauling stepdaughter, 4, to death
By Allison Lopez
Last updated 07:29pm (Mla time) 07/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines — A Japanese national accused of mauling to death his 4-year-old stepdaughter recently was charged with murder before the Manila Regional Trial Court Wednesday.


Businessman Shiozawa Toshiyuki, 39, of Legaspi Tower on Pablo Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) St., Manila, was arrested after he allegedly killed Kate Julia Dua, the daughter of his Filipina live-in partner Harrold.


In her affidavit, Harrold said the suspect, who was alone with her young daughter on July 7, claimed Kate had fallen head first four to five feet down the stairs.


Harrold told police that she decided to take Kate to the Manila Doctors Hospital the next day after she overslept and vomited intermittently but the child was pronounced dead by the doctor over an hour later.


The victim’s mother also said that she often found Toshiyuki hitting her child with his hand, a belt or a stick.


Manila homicide police chief Alex Yanquiling said the suspect explained he only wanted to discipline Kate because they were relocating to Japan.


An examination revealed that the child sustained hematoma, contusions, abrasions and scratches all over her body.


In the case information, assistant city prosecutor Ferrer Co said Toshiyuki did, “with intent to kill and use of superior strength, attack, assault and use personal violence” on his stepdaughter.


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