Police in Yorii, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old Vietnamese man on suspicion of abandoning a body after the corpse of an infant was found in shrubbery on a riverbank.
According to police, the man called 119 at around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and said his wife was sick. She was taken to hospital where doctors immediately determined she had given birth. The hospital contacted police.
The suspect told police his wife, who is in her 20s and also Vietnamese, had given birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet at their home the night before. He said he had buried the infant in bushes by the Arakawa River.
Police found the corpse partially buried and covered by several rocks.
Police said they will also question the man’s wife after she recovers.© Japan Today