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18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son


Police in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, on Wednesday arrested an 18-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 2-year-old son.

According to police, the suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, has admitted to strangling her son to death at the house of her grandmother at around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. At 7 p.m., the woman called 110 and said she had caused her son to die.

Police went to the house and found the boy’s body lying on a futon in a second-floor bedroom. They said there were strangulation marks on the boy’s neck and bruises on his body.

Police said the suspect and her son had moved from the Kanto area and had been living with her grandmother, who is in her 70s, since last October. The grandmother was home at the time of the boy’s death but said she was in another part of the house and had no idea what had happened to her grandson upstairs.

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What a sad story.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Counter reset. Though this one is more or less exceptional. A complete lack of purity for a young female (well pregnant at 16, figures), coupled with inability to cope with the mental strain. A shame, really. In more than one meaning.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

You bringing any kind of politics makes me want to spit on your face, "stocktrader".

Then I remember your culture did not leave you any chance and that you would end the same as this ex-mother, and I feel solely pitiful.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

No pity and no excuses for blatant evil. The woman has killed a defenseless child, has anyone missed that part. The only pity I have is for people making excuses for her and for those that have even the slightest amount of sympathy for her. She has shown her true colours and she has show the sort of person she is. She is a selfish and evil killer.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

RIP Little man, may your next life be longer and happier, choose your parents wisely next time.

Cheque please I want OFF this planet, way too many nut jobs now days for my liking, I really feel sorry for the world my kids are going to grow up in, I do not care what anyone says, I am teaching my children like I was taught in the 1970's-80's .. Manners, Respect, Honour, Respect all living things large or small, and do not take crap from anyone. .... Son turns 4 this year and starts Karate and not the sports type, he will need to protect his younger siblings from the nuts of this world.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

The only pity I have is for people making excuses for her and for those that have even the slightest amount of sympathy for her. 

Against whom exactly are you railing? Which posters were doing this?

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

lost for words, she must have been in a terrible state to go so far, rip little man. people please imagine being 18 living with ya gran, im not excusing what she did but bit of empathy folks!!

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Another one...

Although there are solutions :

Baby hatches

Sex ed

Crackdown on teen prostitution

Assistance to young mothers

Empowerment of women

But nothing's ever done...

9 ( +11 / -2 )

This is heartbreaking. Japan should come up with some sort of anonymous "Please leave your baby here" centers or something and pay care-takers a healthy salary for looking after these babies. They could grow up to become productive citizens, loving parents and great fathers/mothers. Instead, this poor child will never have that chance. Rest In Peace.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

As others have said, no excusing what she has done. She should be punished for this murder.

But, she is no more than a child herself. A bleak future ahead with little to zero career prospects.

Chances of finding someone to care for her and her child? Probably zero too.

She will drift in and out of casual relationships with men who only want her for one thing.

I can see how the thought of being single again appealed to her.

She could have put the child up for adoption. Gave it a fighting chance.

She chose to kill her baby.

I can't help but feel sorry for her though. She was 16 when she got pregnant.

16 is young where I come from. We all know its more so here!!

Tragic situation.

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read my first sentence.

Things are never black and white bud.

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To you who assume the young mother is a cold-hearted bitch, would you consider her as heartless if you learned she was raped by her uncle? Of course, that's just assuming too. But with so little information I'm not willing to condemn a child bearing a child.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

feeling sorry for... and having pity for...are two different things.

Google em.

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I’m not defending her actions, but she must have been in a really dark place. She would have been in 1st grade senior high when she became pregnant. There is no mention of a father and the fact she was living with her grandmother implies her parents kicked her out. There is very little welfare support for single mothers, especially for adolescents. It’s terrible she chose to kill the little boy, but the circumstances that drove her to commit such an act are equally terrible.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

These are the kinds of things that could happen when you bring a 15 year old to a love Motel. Promiscuous activity with no thought of the consequences

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Let's do the math here since we don't know the exact age of the baby 2 years and how many months or when the girl's birthday is there's a very good chance she was participating in Risky activity at the age of 15

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Isn't it nice, way they wrote this story? "caused her son to die" instead of "choked the life out of a defenseless infant" almost makes it sound like an accident. Expect her defense team to say something along the lines of "Your honor, she admits choking him, but had no intention of killing him".

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Well, some people already said what I was thinking, but here's what I think is worth thinking about before talking of "evil" :

Where's the father ?

Why did she have to move ?

Why with her grand mother ?

Where are her parents ?

She did something horrible, and will have to pay for that. But I also think it's necessary to consider all the factors that could have influence her action, not just declare her "evil".

Knowing the why and acting on it is what should be done, because this happened before, and will happen again because there are certainly others in the same situation that are ready to snap too.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Unfortunately, Reckless is correct. Whenever there are stories like this there's a whole lot of sympathy for the poor mom, and almost no mention of sympathy for the victim who suffered and died a brutal death

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

2 year old minor's mother is minor, wow. In which world I am living !

0 ( +2 / -2 )


The baby is dead. What more can we say other than that? Of course its in our minds. Too much assumption on your part bud that we don't care about the baby. I am a father too.

We focus on the mother (in this case) because the causes that drove her to such an act are unknown. We can assume all sorts as most of us have done. (without the full information being available)

As has been (correctly) stated...she must have been in a very dark place to have done such a thing. A place I don't ever want to be and wouldn't wish on anyone.

Don't assume that all mothers who kill their kids are evil through and through. (though some undoubtedly are)

Like I said...it's never black and white mate.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Japan should come up with some sort of anonymous "Please leave your baby here"

These already exist and have been around for some years.

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I have no words. Ver

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sad to see Victorian style morality victim blaming here.

What's needed is better sex education and availability of contraceptives to teens. Teens have sex, it's a fact.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@ Nick, that would never happen because unlike you I don't have sex with children

4 ( +5 / -1 )

"According to police, the suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor"

Hard to figure out which is sadder -- the the woman felt the need to MURDER her baby, or that she is protected by the law despite that fact. She won't get locked up for killing a baby, and in two years she'll be out of the "reformatory" and able to do it all again.

bullfighter: "These already exist and have been around for some years."

No, ONE exists, and it has cameras and people who will go to your door to ask you to take the baby back again if you abandon it. It is a far cry from a legitimate "baby hatch". Meanwhile you have cases of mothers killing kids nearly every day, including leaving them in toilets, dumpsters, and coin lockers because of the complete lack of availability of safe places to leave them for a better life.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Don't assume that all mothers who kill their kids are evil through and through. (though some undoubtedly are)

Murdering a 2 year old child/baby by strangulation is arguably as evil as you can get regardless of the circumstances. Unless she was in a burning building and didn't want her son to suffer a horrible painful death, there is no excuse for doing such a thing to an innocent child.

I don't have and never will have sympathy for such a person.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

@sensei - don't pay him any mind that's just how he shows respect for all living creatures, what a hypocrite

0 ( +1 / -1 )

what next? i pitty the poor child

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I don't understand how people kill children. Why not just give the child up for adoption or foster care? Where are protective and early intervention services to provide support to prevent these occurrences.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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