A 37-year-old woman has been given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of burying the body of her 11-month-old daughter in the ground outside their residence in Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, in 2019.
The Asahikawa District Court on Monday sentenced Marino Kyoda to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for four years, for abandoning the body of her second-oldest daughter Reo in July 2019, Sankei Shimbun reported. In his ruling, Judge Minefumi Misawa said the defendant’s motive to bury the infant and her failure to call an ambulance were selfish acts due to fear that the child’s death would be discovered.
The court heard that burying the baby was suggested by Kyoda’s 39-year-old husband, Ryo. The court decided to give her a suspended sentence after she admitted her guilt and expressed remorse.
At the time of their arrest, police said the couple’s family register showed they had three children. On June 29, 2019, two of their children — a boy and a girl — were seen walking by themselves about four kilometers from their home by a police patrol, and placed in protective custody.
Police questioned Kyoda and his wife at their home. During their visit, there was one other child at home — a boy who was not registered. At that point, the parents admitted they had a fourth child -- an 11-month-old girl -- who had died in the autumn of 2018, and whose remains they buried outside.
Kyodo’s husband is being tried separately.© Japan Today