Woman who dumped daughter's body given suspended prison term.OITA, Japan, May 29 Kyodo
The Oita District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old woman to two years in prison, suspended sus·pend
v. sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends
1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school. for three years, for abandoning the body of her 2-year-old daughter in the woods in southwestern Japan last September.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the ruling, Yuko Yamaguchi found her daughter Kotone Emoto dead under a blanket at home on the morning of Sept. 13, 2011, and abandoned the girl's body near a cemetery in the town of Hiji, Oita Prefecture, after transporting the body in a vehicle from their home in the town.
Presiding Judge presiding judge n. 1) in both state and federal appeals court, the judge who chairs the panel of three or more judges during hearings and supervises the business of the court. Hidenaga Manabe said, ''The defendant bears grave criminal responsibility as she undermined the dignity of the girl as well as the family members' love and respect for her...but she confessed to police and deeply regrets what she has done.''
The prosecutors had demanded a prison term without suspension, while the defense attorney had asked for a suspended prison term as Yamaguchi pleaded guilty.
The incident became a high-profile case because Yamaguchi, whose family name was Emoto at the time of the incident, called the police on Sept. 13, saying that Kotone had disappeared from a car parked at a supermarket in Hiji while she was shopping there.
After turning herself in on Feb.5, the mother confessed that she abandoned the girl's body because she panicked after finding the child dead at home.
The Oita police and the Oita District Public Prosecutors' Office have abandoned efforts to find the cause of death amid a lack of eyewitness An individual who was present during an event and is called by a party in a lawsuit to testify as to what he or she observed.
The state and Federal Rules of Evidence, which govern the admissibility of evidence in civil actions and criminal proceedings, impose requirements accounts or hard evidence. Police only found bone fragments when they searched the woods some 3 kilometers east of Yamaguchi's home.