A Japanese woman in her thirties has frozen to death after spending more than 15 years locked up by her parents in a small room in their home in a western part of the Asian country, local media reported today.
Airi Kakimoto, 33, died of cold in her home in the city of Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, according to her autopsy revealed by the state news NHK.
Info gathered revealed that the woman was in a state of extreme malnutrition, with only 19 kilos of weight and standing 145 cm tall.
The woman, whose body was found by the authorities after her parents reported her death to the police had been confined to a room of about 3 square meters since she was 16 or 17 year-old, according to her father, Yasutaka Kakimoto.
Kakimoto, 55, and his wife, 53, locked their daughter because “she suffered from a mental illness that made her violent” and fed her just “once a day,” sources close to the investigation revealed to the agency, Japanese Kyodo.
The small unheated room in which Airi remained confined for more than a decade and a half was built by her father. There was a makeshift toilet and a tube designed to allow the suffering woman drink water from a tank placed outside. The cabin had a double door that could only be opened from the outside and a surveillance camera, reported the media.
The woman is believed to have died around December 18 and her parents arrested over the weekend.
The police suspect that her parents neglected to feed their daughter properly and are looking to build charges to initiate an accusation for homicide and dereliction of responsibility as guardians.