The father of a 4-year-old boy who has been missing for the past three years has told police that he threw his son's body into the sea after he fell off the stairs and died, police said Wednesday.
Suguru Kajimoto, 35, and his wife Chiho, 32, were arrested earlier this week on fraud charges for illegally receiving childcare subsidies for their son Tatsuki, Fuji TV reported.
Suguru initially said after his arrest that he had thrown Tatsuki's body into the sea after he died but did not say anything about where in the sea or when the boy died. His wife has reportedly told police that her husband took Tatsuki's body away last Christmas and she had no idea what he did with it.
However, on Thursday, police said the couple have told them they are unable to say anything more about the case at the moment.
So far, the couple have only been charged with fraud for receiving 360,000 yen in childcare subsidies between April 2015 and February 2016.
According to local government records, Tatsuki was born in January 2012 and placed in an infant home. He was placed in his parents' custody in Matsubara in January 2014. The family then moved to Sakai. Kyodo reported that last summer, they postponed a medical checkup for Tatsuki on six occasions. Sakai municipal government officials went to the home but were told that Tatsuki was staying with relatives.© Japan Today