Osaka woman gets 5 years for cutting off part of baby son's genitals
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 07:56 EST
OSAKA — A woman was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for mutilating her 4-month-old son by cutting off part of his genitals with a razor at their home in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, in March 2004. Shizue Tamura, 27, had admitted to the assault during investigations, according to police, but she denied it in the court.
In handing down the ruling, Presiding Judge Masahiro Hosoi said, "It is an outrageous, grotesque crime targeting an innocent infant. The sorrow and pain the child may suffer when he grows up and comes to know about what happened is beyond imagination." The woman was beaten by the boy's father, to whom she was not married, and took out her anger on her son, the judge said in explaining the light sentence.