Police said Tuesday they have arrested a 17-year-old woman after the body of her newborn baby boy was found partially buried in a baseball field in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to police, the body was discovered on Sunday morning. TV Asahi quoted police as saying that a group of junior high school students arriving for a game noticed the infant's leg sticking out of the soil.
Police said the child's body was in an advanced state of decay and that a rope was found wound around his neck. An umbilical cord was found nearby, prompting officers to conclude that the child was delivered moments before being murdered and buried at the scene.
The suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, has admitted that the infant was hers, police said. She was quoted as saying she gave birth in the bathroom of her home on the night of July 7 and then immediately decided to dispose of the corpse.© Japan Today