Thursday, 15th December 2011
In General Japan News,
Plants save Tokyo baby in 10 storey fall
A baby in Japan has survived being dropped from a tenth floor apartment after landing on plants at the foot of the building.
The one-year-old's father now faces an attempted murder charge after he was dropped from the balcony of the residential complex in the Koto Ward of Tokyo, the Mainichi Daily reported.
A call to police apparently from the baby's 37-year-old father heard him say "I killed my child".
When police arrived at the scene they found the man's son surrounded by knee-high plants which appear to have cushioned his fall.
The lucky infant arrived at hospital conscious and crying.
It was reported by the news provider that the man admitted "I throttled my son and threw him out the window" before saying that he was troubled with his job.
The apartment is owned by Kajima Corp which uses the complex as worker accommodation. The company has said that it is investigating whether their employee was suffering from work-related issues.
Data from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare shows that the average birthrate in the country is 1.09 per woman.
Written by Susan Ballion
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