Police said the mother left the teenage daughter with food and money when she left Oizumi, Japan, to visit her native Philippines Feb. 9. On Feb. 18, the teen called emergency dispatchers when the toddler, 3, collapsed. Police said there were no outward signs of trauma but suspected starvation was to blame.
The mother, 37, who was not identified by police, may face a charge of abandonment leading to death, Japan Today said Friday.
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