A teenage girl was forced to eat 30 dead goldfish by her mother, police and media alleged.
According to the media, Japanese mother and her boyfriend killed the fish by pouring detergent into their tank. The girl was then forced to eat more than 30 fishes one by one.
Yuko Ogata and her boyfriend Takeshi Egam, who have been arrested, made the girl eat the dead fish in June, police added that the daughter was allegedly abused on a daily basis.
Ogata and Egami were reportedly indicted last year for tying the daughter to a bed with rope, punching her in the face and burning her tongue with a lit cigarette.
The latest arrest was their fifth since last year in relation to abuse of the child, reports said.
According to health ministry report, Japan’s child protection centers dealt with a record 89,000 abuse cases in the year ending March 2015.
Last month, a three-year-old girl died after her mother deliberately poured boiling water on her, causing serious burns to her face.
Police arrested the mother and her boyfriend for negligence in caring for a child.