Police in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on suspicion of abandoning a body after the skeletal remains of a newborn baby boy were found in a plastic clothes case in his apartment.
The man, Kensho Shirato, and his wife who is in her 30s, have nine children, Fuji TV reported Friday. The remains of the infant -- the couple's 10th child -- were found on Thursday as part of a police investigation into Shirato's abuse of his 16-year-old daughter in March. A teacher at the girl's school noticed her bruises and contacted the local child welfare center.
Shirato was arrested for beating the girl who suffered a broken nose, police said.
According to Shirato's wife, the baby boy refused to dink any milk and died a few days after his birth about a year ago. The corpse was wrapped in a blanket and placed in the clothes container.
Police said the couple's nine children have been taken into protective custody.© Japan Today