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Man arrested after 2-year-old boy kidnapped from supermarket

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A man in his 50s was apprehended early Thursday morning together with a two-year-old boy who had been kidnapped from a supermarket in Higashi-Kurume City on Wednesday night, police said.

According to police, on Wednesday just after 7 p.m. the boy's father noticed his son was nowhere to be seen and called police. Authorities suspected the boy had been kidnapped, and began an undercover search. About 12 hours later, the child was discovered at JR Tanabata Station in Tokyo's Kita Ward together with a man in his 50s.

The man, who was taken to Tanashi police station, told police that he took the boy "because he was so cute."

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That's so scary on so many levels, looks like the keystones are having a good run, good work.

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Man, that scares the hell out of me. Hope the cops beat the hell out of him.

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What on earth????! I am not surprised though - it would be so easy to snatch a child here, the number of times I have seen very young kids running around completely unsupervised.

I wonder how they found him?

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What the hell was the father doing before "he noticed" the boy was missing?

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Good grief!! That is terrifying... "because he was so cute"? What a disturbed old man.

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2-year old unsupervised? i have a 2 year-old and i would hold her hand all the time !

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Maybe the father was playing Pachinko and lost track of the kid.

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Scary! Glad this story had a happy ending.

kirakira: I totally know what you mean. When I go to the supermarket on the weekend, there are always kids running around and some parents aren't paying attention at all.

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That father is not responsible! You do not let 2 year old boy wander around the supermarket.

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fishy-Damn straight! I have a two year old girl. Even if she LET me put her down, I would never let go of her hand.

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Most people in Japan let their kids play unsupervised, unsponsored, in parks, streets, etc. As an American parent, I am totally and 200+% paranoid about our children, both in America AND in Japan - so it's VERY stressful for us to take our children to parks, playgrounds etc - Puroland is not too bad as it's enclosed - but even there - the children are never out of sight - not even in the bathrooms. A few years ago In San Diego, California - a mother took her son to a public restroom by the beach - he was murdered inside the restroom while the mother waited outside.

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seaforge03 - that's a scary story.. because my older son doesn't want to go to a women's bathroom with me anymore so he goes into the man's bathroom, and when i am with him without daddy, he's unsupervised inside of the bathroom and i always wait outside..

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sensei258 - YES!! Even if/when she cries and screams, we, as a parent, should NEVER let go of a little girl's hand when we are out. To me, that seems like a common sense, but whenever i see small kids walking around alone, I always look around and see where their parents are.. makes me want to grab their parents and bring them back to their kids.

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That father is not responsible!

How is the father not responsible?

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How is the father not responsible?

Disregard. I was reading what was written in a different way.

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Wow. I'm amazed at the parents on the board here, that they manage to never let the little squirmers out of their grasp. Maybe it's a part of the trend to smaller families.

At any rate, good to hear the boy was found in short time. How flipping horrible for those parents.

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I would love to say I have my eyes on my kids all the time - but the 3 year old is a little monster hellbent on escaping my evil clutches! I suppose I could say there but for the grace of god go I, but I still think in general kids are shockingly unsupervised here.

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When I have kids, if I have to take them shopping with me there will be a cord attached to there backs. But actually I worry more about them getting in other people's way or having an accident than getting kidnapped. You never how a kidnapping will end, and I don't want that happening either, but this being Japan, not a big shocker that the kid turned up safe.

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J Police get a big, fat, "attaboy" for this one. I'm not sure why an "undercover search" was necessary, but as long as the child was recovered it's all good.

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@ Fadamor

Because now the J-cops have to live up to the reputation of the J-cop dramas on NHK, Fuji TV, and TBS now. They actually now have to be 5 Dan Kendo experts and "detectives". The public seems to demand it after all the dramas they watch.

Glad the kid is safe.

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A big relief at this outcome. Be safe little guy. Be smarter papa.

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My kid is 4 and he never leaves my field of vision. I could not live if I were responsible for something atrocious happening to him through my negligence.

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@seaforte03,

Scary story. Thanks for the reminder not to let your kids alone for one second where the parents can't see the kids like going to the bathroom.

At least the father did the right thing.

...“because he was so cute.”

Creepy. What is wrong with this 50 year-old man?

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taj-

Wow. I'm amazed at the parents on the board here, that they manage to never let the little squirmers out of their grasp.

Well, I'd either put my little one in a shopping cart, hold her hand or hold her up all the time when I'm out with her shopping. If she tries to run and escape, I always pick her up and if she makes a big fuss, shopping is done.

It is true that little kids are hard to keep eyes on all the time, but still, you can make sure where your kids are so you know when some stranger tries to snatch your kid!

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This childs father should have been watching him!! I see this so much and it really makes me mad!!! I was at a super market and a little boy no more then two years old came running out of the market into the parking lot where of course people are speeding through,,,i saw him and ran over to him and brought him to the side walk and waited and waited and about 10 to 15 min later his grandfather came out like nothing was wrong with a case of beer in his hand, this made me want to slap this man!!! WATCH YOUR KIDS, THAT IS YOUR JOB AS A PARENT, GRANDPARENT, ETC!! its not hard. I am so glad this little boy was ok!!

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