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Doctor held for allegedly causing girlfriend to miscarry.

TOKYO, May 18 Kyodo

Tokyo police arrested a university hospital doctor Tuesday on suspicion of drugging his pregnant girlfriend with a hormonal agent and causing her to miscarry, the police said.

The suspect was identified as Tatsunosuke Kobayashi, 36, a doctor at Jikei University Hospital in Tokyo, who currently serves at a separate university hospital in Kanazawa, capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast.

Kobayashi, who was arrested on suspicion of causing abortion without consent under the Penal Code, has denied the allegation, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Investigators also searched his home in Kanazawa.

Police sources said an arrest on suspicion of causing abortion without consent is extremely unusual.

The sources said Kobayashi's alleged act is malicious because he used his expertise as a medical doctor to cause his girlfriend to miscarry.

The sources said Kobayashi gave the woman in her 30s an intravenous drip containing an oxytocic agent -- a synthetic hormone that can induce labor -- around early 2009, telling her that it was a nutritional supplement. She was about two months pregnant at that time.

Kobayashi and the woman met at the Tokyo hospital where Kobayashi worked and the woman served as a nurse. Kobayashi, who belongs to the hospital's oncology and hematology department, has been dispatched to the hospital in Kanazawa since September last year.

Jikei University is a privately run medical school with headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward. It has four hospitals in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture.

The Penal Code sets imprisonment of more than six months and up to seven years for those who cause a woman to abort without her request or consent.

In 1998, a primary school teacher in Akita Prefecture in northeastern Japan was arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause his pregnant girlfriend to abort without her consent by giving her poisoned wine. But no criminal charges were filed against the teacher.
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Date:May 24, 2010
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