2 religious group members arrested for murder after failing to seek medical care for son

Fukuoka, Japan - Two members of a religious organization, who allowed their baby son to die after refusing to seek medical treatment for him, have been arrested for murder.

Hideo Takatsuki, 32, and his wife Kuniko, 30, were arrested on Wednesday over the death of their 7-month-old son Yoshihiko, who died from blood poisoning caused by atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition.

The couple are members of a religious sect that believes in faith healing, and failed to get medical help until he lost consciousness on Oct. 9 last year. They said they regretted their actions and basically have admitted to the charges.

At the time of his death, Yoshihiko was just half the weight of a normal infant his age, at just 4.3 kilograms. Hospital staff called the case one of "medical neglect" and reported it to police.