The mother of a ten-year-old girl who died after suspected domestic violence has reportedly told police that she did not allow her daughter to leave their home for a month under her husband's instruction.
Mia Kurihara was found dead in her home in Noda city, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, last month. Police arrested her father Yuichiro Kurihara last month on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to Mia's death. Her mother Nagisa was also arrested on Monday.
Officials at the elementary school that Mia attended said the father called them last month and said his daughter was staying with the family in Okinawa and would be absent until the end of the month.
Police investigators quote Nagisa as saying that her husband ordered her not to let Mia go outside and that he repeatedly abused the child.
The police suspect the parents kept Mia inside to prevent other people from finding out about the abuse.