Police arrested a woman Friday on suspicion of abandoning the body of her 4-year-old daughter after the girl's body was found in the home of a man they lived with in Aomori Prefecture, police officials said.
Before police found the body of the girl, Yuna, early Friday morning and arrested Haruna Kobayashi, 25, the man in his 20s was found dead Thursday evening after apparently committing suicide by burning briquettes in a small truck on a mountain in the prefecture, they said.
Kobayashi said the man had abused the girl, who the police believe died about a year ago, they said.
The woman is suspected of abandoning the body around Dec 20 last year after the girl died of unknown causes, according to police.
Officers found the body at around 1 a.m. Friday at the entrance of the man's home in Shichinohe, Aomori Prefecture, covered by some cardboard.
Kobayashi and her three children, including Yuna, had lived in the man's home since around the summer of last year.
Police began investigations after a local child welfare center told them that there were bruises on the body of one of Kobayashi's other two children, a boy.
The boy said his sister went missing around January, police said.© Wire reports