Woman arrested for burying body of newborn baby in park a year ago


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the body of her newborn baby girl by burying her in a park in Tokyo in November last year.

Police said Sayuri Kitai, a company employee who was arrested on Sunday, has admitted to the charge. She was quoted as saying she gave birth in a toilet at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Nov 3, then took the infant to a park in Minai Ward where she buried her in Italy Park about 500 meters from JR Hamamatsucho Station, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The corpse was found partially buried at around 10:45 a.m. on Nov 8 by a park visitor who saw the baby’s face and one arm sticking out of the ground.

Police said Kitai, a company employee from Kobe, also faces a murder charge as the infant is believed to have been alive after her birth and tissues were found stuffed down her throat.

Police said Kitai had just completed four years at university at the time. She took a plane to Tokyo on the evening of Nov 3 for a job interview. After arriving, she took a taxi to the park, where her movements were captured on street surveillance camera. She was seen carrying a paper bag.

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Send her to prison. She will just do this again.

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There have been a number of reports of similar happenings throughout the past year, and it is sad. Sad for the child, sad for the mother but equally sad for society in Japan. The education system (and society) must be failing if it drives people to do this kind of thing. People in Japan need a better education and attention to mental health. The world is increasingly recognizing mental health is as important as physical health.

How about someone making an app that provides resources and help and education that I have seen in other countries?

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There are options. I was adopted as an infant - never met my birth mother but am grateful that she did the responsible thing.

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@Laguna grateful that she did the responsible thing.

Great to hear your story. I am glad you birth mother had the education and support mechanisms to make a responsible decision.

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The poor woman. I hope she finds peace.

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@Lisa Twaronite

Are you kidding??? The poor woman??? I hope she finds peace,?????

She buried a newborn baby you understand what she did? She didn't lose her unborn child due to a traumatic event. She murdered her own child.

The only peace she deserves is a long piece of rope with a noose around her neck as the trap door beneath her feet opens and she pays for the cold hearted murder of a defenceless baby that was hers.

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Young adults in Japan don’t function at their birth age after being told what to do, where to go, what to say etc.

I feel for this woman and the new born as both of them were not given the support and aid that were necessary IMHO..,

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Most Toilet baby deliveries end up in murder, from reading similar news for the past 20 years.

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This is total madness, this young women threw away her life and took the life of her own new born who did not ask to be born. A child is a gift from God. There are many people who would envy this women because they want children only they can't conceive or carry them to full term. As I sit here and write this note I can only wonder what that child felt, she had no one. She came into a world hopelessly clinging to a mother whom she depended on only to be born and discarded like trash. This women went to a four year university, I am asking myself WHAT FOR? I can only think about the amount of time she does in jail she could have completed a Masters, degree and a PHd. She will have a lot of time on her hands to live out everyday from conception to murder. Personally Japan should make it a law that ANYONE who kills a child should NEVER be in the vicinity of one. What was this women thinking, was the job interview more important than a life? She could have easily found on her cellphone a place to take the unwanted child to be taken care of and she could have went on with her life a least doing half of the right thing giving up her parental rights. This is so sad.

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She obviously thought the baby was just a thing that needed to be got ridden of. Sad stuff.

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A child is a gift from God

No it is biology. As soon as you mention god you lost me and I never bothered to read the rest of your argument.

In my opinion the Japanese Government should be held responsible for not providing (including and not limited to advertising) adequate support and access to proper sexual education at JHS and High Schools (I don't mean how the body develops that is also just biology) I do mean information and access to phone numbers of NPO's they can call for free counseling etc.

I don't condone what the young woman did and surely she should be punished she should have known what she did was wrong. But I do have many unanswered questions. Did she even know she was pregnant? had she even been to a Doctor? How did she get pregnant? was it an office romance or with a married man or something far worse... What is the reason she had for doing this?

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very sad story. i wish she had proper family or friends support. Obviously she didn'thave any kind souls around her to offer the right advice.

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This happens because women are not allowed to leave unwanted children despicable as that sounds, at least in America, I understand it is legal to leave a baby at a Fire Station...or similar facility.

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Her four years of university evidently did her little good. Intelligence cannot be taught, I suppose. I hope she will spend the rest of her life trying to make up for her terrible mistake that cost a precious human life.

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This happens because women are not allowed to leave unwanted children despicable as that sounds, at least in America, I understand it is legal to leave a baby at a Fire Station...or similar facility

You are correct. Every state has “safe haven” laws that shield people from prosecution if they relinquish a new born to the proper authorities. These are typically fire stations and hospitals, but it depends upon which state.

A very important caveat is that you have to hand the newborn/infant over to a person otherwise it’s abandonment. You don’t have to give your name or any other details, but the child has to be handed to another adult.

Japan would do well to adopt this and “baby hatches,” which are available during in certain places in the US and South Korea - just two examples.

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@samuraivunyl, I speak as someone who was once in her place, so I don't judge her. It's easy to call women like me murderers, but how does it help anyone? Obviously it's best that such pregnancies be prevented in the first place.

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