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Mother kills 2-month-old daughter by putting blood pressure medication in milk bottles

By Mason White 3:49 PM July 6, 2017
Newborn baby (illustration)
Newborn baby (illustration)
By: William Martin

A mother poisoned her baby just after bringing her home from the hospital, according to police in Japan.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested 23-year-old Sachika Tabata, after being accused of mixing blood pressure medication into her child’s milk bottle.

Tabata has been charged with one count of murder for killing her 2-month-old daughter.

According to the police investigation, Tabata gave birth to her first child, who remained in the hospital due to her low weight.

After two months, the baby was discharged from the hospital, and Tabata took her home. The child died shortly thereafter.

Police ordered an autopsy as there were no signs of external injuries on the child. The family objected, but a judge ruled that the autopsy should go forward.

The autopsy showed that the baby had blood pressure and diabetes medication in her stomach and blood. Tabata’s mother took these medications.

Tabata denied mixing the medications into her baby’s bottle despite the fact that she was the only one with access to the pills.