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Newborn baby boy left on grounds of apartment building

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A newborn baby boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found abandoned on the grounds of an apartment building in Tokyo on Thursday.

The naked infant, wrapped in a towel, was found at the apartment building in Toshima Ward at around 5:30 p.m., Fuji TV reported.

Police said Friday the child, who was born a few days ago, was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

Police are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and identify who abandoned the baby and when.

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Glad the little guy is still alive.

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Ditto to what hustle just posted. The main thing is that he is ok.

Japan seriously needs to address this issue with baby abandonment. Their seems to be a real gap in social care support/ cultural awareness for pregnant women with these concerns.

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Glad the kid is fine, wish the parents had chosen a safer place to do so.

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And ditto that for me too. Glad he is doing OK.

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Police are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and identify who abandoned the baby and when.

Is this a good idea? If people who plan to abandon their babies become worried that they might be identified, they be more inclined to leave them in less public places.

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Glad he is still alive.

now let's hope the police catch this scum bag and prosecute her. Let there be no sob story, punish her.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Lucky it wasnt cold, best of luck little guy.

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Agree with most of the above. First and foremost, glad the little one is alive. That's number one.

Lucky it wasnt cold

Yes! I'll second that. Also it wasn't in the middle of sweltering summer either which could have also been fatal.

An abandoned baby is NEVER good news, but glad that

the little tyke is alive and

he was abandoned at a time where there was no extreme weather hot nor cold.
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Thank God the little Angel is in good condition. I wonder why would one even have sex if they are not ready for the consequences! In any case, why not take an emergency contraceptive pill? It's very gross to abandon a baby and the parents will live with that guilt forever which might cause committing other worse problems such as killing babies because they won't stop crying, stabbing neighbors with daggers because they can't stand the resentment, etc.

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now let's hope the police catch this scum bag and prosecute her. Let there be no sob story, punish her.

And it can be exactly this kind of aggressive witch hunt mentality that drives pregnant women with social issues to abandon their babies.

What if the mother was made pregnant by a married man or selfish boyfriend? What if the mother did not plan to become pregnant and has no income or cannot afford to lose her job? What if the mother was raped and could not tell anyone?

Let me make it very clear - only very extreme circumstances would make a pregnant mother abandon her newborn child. Its in the very chemistry of female human DNA to keep her own child. Therefore we need to respect the fact that something extreme leads to these abandonments.

The answer is for Japan to provide a much better support system and much better education. Not criminal proceedings. The crime is that this country is failing these women.

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TigersTokyoDome, in any case she would use emergency contraceptive pills to avoid the unwanted pregnancy. She is just heartless and must be punished. Even if the judicial system pardons her, nature will punish her.

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in any case she would use emergency contraceptive pills to avoid the unwanted pregnancy. She is just heartless and must be punished. Even if the judicial system pardons her, nature will punish her.

A lot of posters playing God and judge here. 2 of my 3 children were surprises my friend. And like I have already mentioned, how many poor girls get dumped by a selfish man once they find out they are truly pregnant.

Must be punished? Who are we to judge without knowing the true facts. I would guess that around 80% of these baby abandonments are because of extreme stress of some social situation, as opposed to a cold-hearted baby abandonment.

Nature will punish her? Most of these women are already being severely punished by being in a situation where they feel they have to abandon their own children at birth.

Unless it has happened to any one of us, do not judge. Japan needs to sort this out by providing proper education and a decent orphan and adoption programme.

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@Tigers

Wise words. Well said.

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My work sponsored an event for Japanese orphan kids this past Easter. I was surprised because they don't look like orphans at all, they are well cared and very joyful children. I hope this types of facilities would be able expand & those abandoned babies would have a safe home.

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