Police in Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old woman after the body of her newborn baby was found at her home.
According to police, the woman, identified as Ai Takano, who works part-time at a bar, gave birth to the infant at home at the end of September.
NTV reported that police were alerted by a call from the local welfare office. The welfare officer told police that Takano, who had looked heavily pregnant during a recent visit, came to the office again on Thursday for consultation, but there were no signs of pregnancy.
On Thursday night, they visited the house and found the dead infant wrapped in foam.
Takano, who lives at her home with her mother and two other children, has been charged with abandonment of a body.
Police gave no information about the infant's father.© Japan Today