He had a seizure a few minutes ago,” his mother explained to the paramedics who arrived at the scene.
The mother called 119 herself and explained to the paramedics who arrived at the scene that she had “suddenly turned blue. Her lips suddenly turned blue. Nearby, the infant lay limp and motionless. The infant was already not breathing, and was immediately pronounced dead.
Based on the results of the autopsy, the cause of death was initially ruled unknown. However, there were many suspicious points, such as the fact that the infant had no pre-existing medical conditions that would cause sudden death. Since the mother’s explanation was inconsistent, the police asked several doctors to make findings. Suspicion of hypoxic encephalopathy emerged, and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation due to blockage of the mouth and nose.
On July 31, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Ayano Ueda, 42, an unemployed woman from Yamato City, for suffocating her third son, Yasuo, to death. Ueda denies the crime, saying “I didn’t do it” when questioned by the prefectural police.
All of them were killed at an early age. ……
Ueda had four children, all of whom died at an early age.
In November 2002, his eldest son died at the age of 5 months.
In September 2003, his eldest daughter died at the age of one month.
In April 2005, the third son died at the age of 1 year and 5 months.
In August 2007, the second son died at the age of 7. ……
Ueda was also arrested in February of this year for suffocating his second son, Yudai, to death. In August 2007, Ueda called 119 and said, ‘My son is limping. Yudai was found in cardiopulmonary arrest on a futon in their apartment, and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead approximately two hours later.
At the time, Ueda explained to the hospital: “Suddenly, my son started suffering. My son suddenly started suffering. He had a chronic asthma disease. However, when Yudai’s body was examined, multiple traces of external pressure were found. The skin inside his mouth was peeled off, and internal bleeding was found on the back of his head.
There had been many suspicious points about Ueda for some time. Since his eldest son and daughter had died one after the other, the Child Guidance Center (hereafter referred to as “Kodomo no Sangyo”) began to support the suspect on the grounds that he might be neglecting his children.
However, trouble began in October 2012.
The Child Guidance Center (hereafter referred to as “Kido”) began to provide support for the child after suspecting that Ueda might be neglecting the child. The Children’s Minister, suspecting that Yudai was a child, took him into custody and placed him in an institution until March 2003. However, after the suspicious death of their third son, Yasuo, in April 2005, Yudai was temporarily taken into care again. The child was temporarily taken into custody again after the suspicious death of his third son, Kosei, in April 2005.
The suspect, Ueda, was vehemently opposed to the Child Welfare Ministry’s response. He did not agree to the placement of Yudai. The child welfare agency had no choice but to petition the Yokohama Family Court for a trial, but the court rejected the petition, saying, “There is no clear case regarding the death of the siblings. Yudai-kun was returned to Ueda in November 2006, and the incident occurred nine months later. ……
Ueda, who was living with a man with whom she was in a common-law relationship, was said to have turned away the Child Welfare Ministry and city officials whenever they came to her home, shouting, “I will never give you my son!
I will never give you my son! Don’t come back!”
According to neighbors, immediately after the death of his third son, Ueda told them that “it was not just one person who died. According to the neighbors, immediately after the death of his third son, Ueda told people that he was not the only one who had died.
According to Yamato City, Ueda was diagnosed as having Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy’ is a condition in which a person feigns illness or attempts to harm a child in order to attract the attention of others. The Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office detained Ueda for four and a half months to investigate his mental condition, but determined that he was criminally responsible. In July of this year, he was charged with murder.
The two children involved in the case were not the only ones who died. The eldest son (died in November 2002) and the eldest daughter (in September 2003) died of “aspiration of milk” and “sudden infant death syndrome or aspiration,” respectively. Will Ueda ever tell the truth about the suspicious deaths of his four children?
Image: Shinji Hasuo： Shinji Hasuo, Kyodo News