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Body of baby girl found floating in Gifu dam

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The body of a baby girl was found floating in a dam in Ena, Gifu Prefecture, on Saturday morning.

According to police, a fisherman spotted the girl floating on her back just before 9 a.m. beneath a bridge on the Agi River dam, NTV reported.

Police said the baby was four months old and was floating about 50 meters from the embankment. The infant was clothed and there were no signs of external injury on her body, police said.

A car belonging to the baby's 24-year-old mother was found abandoned on a road by the dam, police said, adding that there was a suicide note in the car. However, there was no sign of the woman who lived with her 33-year-old husband in Nakatsugawa.

The husband reported his wife and daughter missing to police after he returned home from work on Friday.

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I really wish, even with post-partum depression, the mothers wouldn't kill their babies with them.

Even being raised by a father, there's a good chance that they'll grow up happy.

Also many fathers experience happiness in raising their kids.

At least give the babies the chance to experience the sensations of life.

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Heartbreaking.

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Another two victims of the lack of awareness and care for mothers suffering from depression in Japan. Soon enough posters here will be condemning this woman for what she did. If you have ever been close to someone suffering post-partum depression you will know that these women are not themselves. it is due to combination hormonal imbalances, loneliness, societal expectation and often ridicule from people around them, such as family, who should be supporting them. Very sad.

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It's not out the question that this poor woman DID seek help, but all she got was a "Ganbatte!"

Even from her husband.

It's all too easy to feel alone in this "safety country."

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My prayers for the poor child... So sad..

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The mother is most likely still alive and its going to be the same damn excuse : "I had no confidence in raising a child. I wanted to die too but I couldn't kill myself"

Poor young child...RIP

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Another one. Happy Sunday morning peoples. Lets hope she did the right thing and wont be found whimpering somewhere with grazes to her wrist pretending that she tried to suicide.

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If you want to make suicide. Do it alone! The poor baby doesn't have any fault of this! I can imagine the chock the husband had receiving the news...

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Too many "armchair detectives" - as usual... I"m sure there are millions of reasons why this happened but I'm no about to venture into the hypothesis cited above...

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"Floating in a dam?" Not to make a light of a tragedy, but how does one float in a dam?

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I bet they'll find the mom's body in the water later. God help her if she killed the baby, and left the note as a ruse to start a new life somewhere else.

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Horrible, rip, those accountable must be prosecuted.

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"Dam"! I am sorry for the husband and hope the mother is found and prosecuted if alive

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If you have ever been close to someone suffering post-partum depression you will know that these women are not themselves. it is due to combination hormonal imbalances, loneliness, societal expectation and often ridicule from people around them, such as family, who should be supporting them.

I totally agree. However, every new mother in Japan is tested for symptoms of PND. This could've been picked up much earlier.

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Don't know why @bullfighter got a thumbs-down, so I thumbs-up him/her. The comment wasn't cruel, but rather, a indication that at least someone appreciates an accurate headline. 'Floating in a dam'? Shame on the headline writer! 'Floating near Gifu dam' would be a helluva lot more appropriate, if not accurate. Honestly, some of the writers whose sh*t headlines serve to grab attention for a tabloid like JT should be replaced, if not sent back to the cheap journalism school from which they purportedly graduated.

I'll probably be deleted for this, but what the hell. Maybe someone will see it and wake up.

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Psychological treatment needs to be more mainstream and accepted in Japan. How many incidents like this need to happen before this issue gets recognized?

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Not a time for the blame game. Many issues need looked at and sorted.

Very sad...RIP to the mother and baby.

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My wife and I are expecting our first in October, so this is like a knife in my heart

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I think generally more needs to be done to care of mothers and fathers after a new bab arrives. The government should give more support, in Holland there is a baby box which gets sent out to new parents which contains some early infant materials which has decreased the mortality rate for babies in Holland by a fair bit.

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Oh poor baby, RIP :(

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in Holland there is a baby box which gets sent out to new parents which contains some early infant materials which has decreased the mortality rate for babies in Holland by a fair bit.

They do that in Finland, didnt know they did it in Holland too. Its a nice thought, but a baby box of goodies is not going to solve a problem like this.

When I had my second, the ward office at least tried to appear like it gave a crap. It sent out a new mother survey and - to see what would happen as there had been a spate of these stories back then in 2006 - I filled in that I was suffering from depression and had suicidal thoughts. NEVER heard back. Box ticked, job done. There needs to be a proper follow up network with free services available and links to all the delivery clinics and pediatricians in the local area so that at risk individuals have more chance of being identified and approached with offers of help, professional training for those making that approach to convince vulnerable new mothers that there is no stigma attached to their condition, and a nationwide awareness campaign.

Yeah, I know. Dream on.

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Postnatal depression, can be severe, long term,physically and emotionally, with no magic wand pull yourself together cure, my Mother suffered sleepless nights. Prosecution is not a solution to clinical depression.

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