Mother, three children jump to death: Japan police

Police in Japan are probing a possible family suicide after a mother and her three small children plunged to their deaths from an apartment complex, they said today.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014, 14:38 PM IST

Tokyo: Police in Japan are probing a possible family suicide after a mother and her three small children plunged to their deaths from an apartment complex, they said today.

The bodies of the 35-year-old woman and three youngsters - a seven-year-old boy, a girl aged six, and a two-year-old boy - were found near the entrance of the 14-storey building in Chiba, east of Tokyo, a police spokesman said.

"They are believed to be a mother and her children," he said. Asked if it appeared to be a forced family suicide, he said: "Police are investigating the case with that possibility under consideration."

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily said the mother`s body was found on the ground, with the two older children on top of the entrance roof, while the two-year-old was found stuck in branches of a nearby tree.

Despite a high-quality healthcare system universally available, relatively few people with psychological problems seek treatment in Japan, where mental illness retains its stigma.