FUKUOKA —A 34-year-old woman under arrest for allegedly killing her 5-year-old daughter in Fukuoka Prefecture has told investigators she used to confine her in a washing machine and activate it as a way of discipline, investigative sources said Wednesday. The suspect, Junko Egashira, who was arrested June 30 on suspicion of strangling her daughter, Mone, at their home in Kurume City on June 27, said she put her in a washing machine three times in June by covering her mouth with adhesive tape and tying down her hands and legs.
Egashira told the investigators she had also taped the machine’s lid so that Mone would not be able to escape, and left her inside for two or three hours. She also admitted that she ran the water inside the machine and set it to start spinning, although she may not have taken such steps in all of the three cases, the sources said. Fukuoka police suspect that Egashira’s abusive behaviors escalated and led to the murder.