The body of a young male child was found Thursday in the car of a couple who were caught in the act of stealing at a supermarket in Takahagi City, Ibaraki Prefecture. According to police, Kiyoshi Asanuma, 42, and his wife Mayumi, 37, have admitted to neglecting the child.
The body was found in the back seat of the vehicle, wrapped in a blanket. The body was clothed and it appears as if several weeks had passed since death. Mayumi was quoted by police as saying, "He was just so cute, we couldn't throw him away."
According to police, a security guard caught the pair walking out of the 24-hour supermarket at around 12:30 a.m. with merchandise they hadn't paid for. He followed the couple to their car and confronted them. The two remained inside the vehicle while police were called.
The couple told police they had been living in their car, and they had stolen around 30 items worth a total of 12,000 yen from the supermarket.© News reports