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Woman kills her mother-in-law by tying up her hands and legs for 24 hours

By Mason White 4:28 PM January 7, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A woman was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly killing her mother-in-law by tying her hands and legs for 24 hours, police in Japan said.

Kochi Police said that they arrested 49-year-old Miwako Maehara on Sunday, after the 82-year-old woman identified as Sueko, died at her home.

According to the police investigation, Maehara tied up the woman’s hands and legs with tape around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Maehara, her 54-year-old husband and her 18-year-old daughter, lived in the home with Sueko. Maehara called her daughter on Sunday morning, and asked her to remove the tape from the hands and legs of Sueko.

Around 6:30 p.m., Maehara’s husband realized that his mother was not breathing and called police. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A coroner ruled that the cause of death was hypothermia. Police also found bruises on the body of Sueko.

Maehara told investigators that she tied the hands and legs of Sueko because she struggled with changing the woman’s dirty diapers.