Girl, 3, 'starves to death' when feckless mum 'left her alone for EIGHT DAYS to visit boyfriend 600 miles away'

A GIRL, 3, starved to death when her feckless mum left her alone for EIGHT DAYS to visit her boyfriend 600 miles away, according to reports.

Noa died from "severe dehydration and hunger" after her mother Saki Kakehashi, 24, thought "it would be alright" to leave her daughter alone in their Tokyo apartment, it's claimed.

The pair had been living there since July 2017 following her divorce from Noa's father, reports the Japan Times.

While the toddler was at home, her mother reportedly visited her boyfriend in Kagoshima Prefecture, a two-hour flight from Tokyo, in June.

"She had left home for several days and returned late at night, leaving her daughter unattended", a friend of Kakehashi's told the police.

She claimed that Noa was not breathing in an emergency call after she returned to her flat on June 13.

The toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kakehashi was arrested on Tuesday, almost a month later after she found her daughter unresponsive.

The victim had thymic atrophy, a typical symptom of abused children, and her stomach was almost empty, according to autopsy reports.

Noa reportedly had a rash on her bottom as her nappy had not been changed for a long time.

The apartment was filled with rubbish, it's reported.

Noa was ill for several days before her death but Kakehashi had no money to take her to hospital for treatment, she reportedly told police during voluntary questioning before her arrest.

The three-year-old had not shown up to nursery for more than a year, according to the facility.

Kakehashi was arrested on suspicion of negligence and has since admitted to the allegations, according to local sources.

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