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Mother arrested for murder after infant found in Okayama irrigation canal

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Police in Okayama city have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of murder after she threw her newborn daughter into an irrigation canal in the city.

According to police, a foreign student called 110 at around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday to report that a baby was floating face down in an irrigation canal near a public park in Kita Ward.

The infant was about 50 cms tall and was naked, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said there were no external injuries on the body. The baby was taken to a hospital where she died early Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday police arrested the mother, a part-time worker at a convenience store. Police said she has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying she gave birth in the park at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. She said she threw the infant into the canal because she didn’t want to raise the child.

Police said the woman is married and has another child but did not tell her husband she was pregnant and gave birth without him apparently knowing anything about it.

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I understand that some pregnancies are not that visible, but would a husband really not notice his wife is about to give birth??

And why speculative, I am ready to bet the baby was not his...

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Very bad.

Very unresponsible.

Feel sorry abt that baby.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Man that's terrible. Born and immediately killed by the very person that is supposed to protect you. Not even given a chance at life. Breaks my heart. The hardest news is the one about a baby or child dying. Especially one so young.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

She needs to go to jail for murder.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Was just thinking it's been about a week since we heard this kind of news. Lock the mother up forever.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I'm always surprised by these newborn infanticides. Aren't abortions readily available here?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

She did not have to throw that poor baby into a canal.......could of saved her by sending her to a foster home. But not here in JLand things are whack over here.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I have no words for this.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Aren't abortions readily available here?

Seems like you need consent of the 2 people involved in the pregnancy to terminate it, except in case of inability to contact the potential father (missing, death, rape).

I guess they should remove this term, perhaps that could help.

https://healthytokyo.com/blog/abortion-in-japan-what-you-need-to-know/

7 ( +7 / -0 )

That is so dark. Bad for everyone involved

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2 ( +2 / -0 )

Canals, coin lockers, convenience store toilets, rubbish bins, skip bins, skeletons in wardrobes, new born babies show up in many places in Japan with somewhat alarming regularity.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Because she most likely has no criminal record and has another child already, after an apology and a guilty plea in court, she will get a suspended sentence so the first child is not deprived of her mother. (I'm just predicting, not approving.)

3 ( +3 / -0 )

You don't want the kid? Give him to another family then.

You do realize our population is declining the most in the world and you just killed a Japanese citizen because you got tired or didn't want the baby anymore.

The government should step up and do more please.

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*The woman is married and has another child but did not tell her husband she was pregnant and gave birth without him apparently knowing anything about it.* WOW was the husband blind? How could he not notice that his wife was pregnant? Ok, here is the twist perhaps she had a lover, she got pregnant and gave birth and once the lover found out he dumped her and she dumped the baby.

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That's a brave "foreign student" who got involved...

I once witnessed a jumper do the Fosbury Flop off the 5th-story exterior stairwell of an apartment block in Fukushima City right as I was walking past. I was OUT; I hit the bricks and took right off. I didn't want anything to do with being a gaijin near a Japanese death that occurred by foul play.

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It is difficult to believe that a pregnancy can be hidden, but actually a lot of woman manage to do it successfuly all around the world.

Unfortunately a lot of times this is the result of hiding it.

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"She said she threw the infant into the canal because she didn’t want to raise the child."

She treats life like trash, now I pray she is thrown away like it, and is NEVER allowed out.

"Police said the woman is married and has another child but did not tell her husband she was pregnant and gave birth without him apparently knowing anything about it."

Another obviously happy marriage. Regardless, the woman is absolute scum. And her casual attitude towards a human life is unforgivable. I only hope that we don't get the usual judge here, who will point out she has another child already who "Needs her mom" and give the woman 1 year if even that.

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Please give that child up for adoption and not throwing away a life. That child could have been a parent or a person who made the world a better place. Life is precious dont waste it selficiouciily to satisfy your personal needs and where is the father? Sad story.

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How i wish she give the baby to someone whoe is been keeping their faith to have child.

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The woman's desperation must have been unimaginable. Months of terror of being 'discovered', the potential loss of her family, her children, if her 'secret' were discovered, delivering a baby alone in a park at night, almost certainly not a single resource available to her in her situation...absolutely unimaginable desperation. And, now, the intolerable memory of what her desperation has driven her to do. I hope this sad person is on suicide watch because her reasons to live have become very tenuous and profoundly disappointing and her life the worst sort of nightmare. May the little one rest in a peace that is forever forbidden to this poor woman...she will never find peace again. How deeply sad this story is.

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Monster! Lock her up.

Regarding the timing, in Japan only a doctor can declare someone legally dead so death in reality might have occured before such time.

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Can Japanese in Japan,just have normal emotional, so thing like this will not happen, lots of women have post birth psychosis, this is why the well being of the mother as well as the baby should be monitored at all times after birth, if psychological problems are present

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According to police, a foreign student called 110 at around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday to report that a baby was floating face down in an irrigation canal near a public park in Kita Ward.

I like how they can't even give this foreign student enough respect or credit for doing the right and calling the police to try to save a baby's life. Just "a foreign student". Real nice.

Police said the woman is married and has another child but did not tell her husband she was pregnant and gave birth without him apparently knowing anything about it.

How can he NOT notice his wife is pregnant for the duration of time? Didn't he notice the size change? Did he even look at his wife? Do they sleep together so that he sees her in her night gown/sleeping clothes? My wife is pregnant and who can not see that?

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