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Newborn baby dies after being found floating in Ibaraki canal

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A newborn baby, with its umbilical cord still attached, died after being found floating in a small canal that runs underneath a narrow road in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture.

According to police, the unclothed infant was found at around 1 p.m. Saturday by a man who had stopped his car to go for a walk in the area, Fuji TV reported.

The infant, whose sex was not revealed by police, was unconscious and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said the infant, who weighed about 390 grams, drowned to death in the canal which is about 25 cms deep.

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Heartbreaking.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

They should trace the DNA and apprehend anyone responsible for this. Being able to let this happen makes you a threat to the species as a whole.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Horrible act but, 390 grams? That’s like a 20 week old fetus, if that. The article at least appears to imply that a 20 week premature baby was alive when it was discovered in the river, which isn’t possible. Even slightly older babies almost never survive being born that early even with the most advanced medical care possible. So while disposing of the babies body in this was is awful, this was clearly a miscarriage or abortion of some kind.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

lt's tragic in any case.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

“Newborn baby dies after being found floating in Ibaraki canaL”

Given this poor baby’s size, and where it was found, I think it’s a safe bet to say it died before, rather than after, it was found.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

After reading I feel like giving my kids a hug very sad to read this.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I'm curious to know the thinking that caused someone to disagree that this is heartbreaking.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Read @savethegaijin post

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No indication of why this wasn't heartbreaking.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

lt's tragic in any case.

and my comment that this was heartbreaking were down-voted. There is clearly a monster lurking amongst us.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Definitely heartbreaking.   I hate to speculate on the circumstances.  But whether the baby was alive, stillborn, or a botched abortion, it is hard to fathom someone discarding of him or her in the river like a piece of trash.  I feel for the guy that found the infant as well. That memory will probably haunt him for quite some time.

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The Mother of this child is a MONSTER and should be put in a cage. How can you do this to a new born baby. In New York City  for the safety of a child if you don't want your baby you can take it to the Hospital, Police Station, Fire Station of Church leave the baby there NO Questions asked. Why couldn't the parents leave the baby somewhere safe ?? Instead they killed their New Born baby. I would have gladly taken and raised the baby as my own rather then have you kill it.

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The Mother of this child is a MONSTER

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The Mother of this child is a MONSTER

Harryo, you don't know that. There are hundreds of scenarios that could have led to this outcome.

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Here in Japan they will not perform an abortion if you are over 10 weeks pregnant.

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The infant, whose sex was not revealed by police, was unconscious and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. 

Police said the infant, who weighed about 390 grams, drowned to death in the canal which is about 25 cms deep.

The story clearly indicates that the child was thought to be alive for some period of time after leaving the womb. “Unconscious” is not dead. Death may have occurred at the scene shortly after discovery or on the way to a hospital where the official pronouncement of death seems to have been made.

Was the child actually already dead and the story incorrect? As far as charging someone with a crime whether ranging from manslaughter to no crime at all, this point may be very important.

As with many stories we readers simply don’t have enough information to make but the briefest of comments much less judgments.

BTW, the Feast of the Holy Innocents was December 28. Requiescas in pacem, child.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

How horrible can people be? Baby drop, hospital doorstep, police station entrance. Any amount of humane options exist if you decide you don't want the child.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I had a miscarriage at 20 weeks. My much wanted baby was just 500g. She was a normal size for the gestation period. If this baby was only 350g, it was less than 20 weeks. As Savethegaijin said above, this was a very premmie baby, and there is no way it would have survived more than a few minutes after birth, even with the best of care. We were told not to resuscitate our daughter by the hospital - they said her quality of life would have been appalling.... So this may have been an abortion, or a miscarriage. Either way, I am sure the poor mother is traumatised. We should not be passing judgement about murderers, etc. Japan is still not the easiest place to have a baby when you're under-age or unmarried. We have no idea what may have gone before.

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NHK reported that the baby was already dead when it was found.

390 g, 29 cm long - a very premature birth, possibly a miscarriage. This hardly seems a case of some monster mother doing away with an unwanted newborn, more likely some teenager not knowing what to do with the results of a miscarriage or illegal abortion.

Sad for the baby, but there is also likely a very traumatised young woman out there somewhere.

nihonphile - so sorry to read about your experience.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

A good point about this thread is that at least some posters share thoughts for the mother. I hope she can get help.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

It's obviously a premature baby that the mother delivered with no assistance. It's very likely it died at, or shortly after, birth. I can only assume she or someone else panicked. Perhaps she had kept the pregnancy secret.

Whatever happened, demonising the mother as a MONSTER is appalling. She

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Obviously needs medical attention herself.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

most likely a miscarriage , very unlikely a baby would survive that small. but still the mother should have discarded the body like that

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

As the story goes according to the police the baby drowned in the canal. So I guess it was alive when thrown into the cold water. If this was a miscarriage call an ambulance and do the right thing for your baby the baby that grew inside of you. I wouldn't even throw a dog into cold water. SHAME ON THE PARENTS.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

While the chances of survival at 20 weeks is very low, babies can survive if born at 20 weeks if they receive treatment quickly and are not born prematurely because of pre exisiting health condition and the neo natal care facilities are adequate. However I doubt the mother knew any of this and even if she did it is no excuse for not calling an ambulance and throwing the baby in a canal. Barbaric.

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@thetoleratedone

While the chances of survival at 20 weeks is very low, babies can survive if born at 20 weeks if they receive treatment quickly and are not born prematurely because of pre exisiting health condition and the neo natal care facilities are adequate. However I doubt the mother knew any of this and even if she did it is no excuse for not calling an ambulance and throwing the baby in a canal. Barbaric.

No, actually 20 weeks is, at the moment, impossible. The earliest a baby has ever survived prematurity was 21 weeks and 5 days. There are very occasionally babies born that survive at 22 weeks, invariably with severe disabilities and lifelong complications that impact their quality of life in every possible way. And that is with the absolute best medical care available. This poor baby was found, at BEST, at 20 weeks gestation, but likely earlier, with the umbilical cord still attached. Obviously the child was born sans medical intervention, meaning even if it was several weeks older than he/she could have been, the child would not have survived. This is clearly a miscarriage or an abortion (spontaneously or otherwise).

Now, the circumstances surrounding the how the baby ended up in the canal is a separate issue. But this was not a baby that was born alive and maliciously killed and dumped into a river.

I myself have had a second trimester miscarriage and traumatic doesn't even begin to describe the experience. I reserve my judgement of the parents for when/if the relevant facts come to the surface.

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@Luddite

It may have not been her fault entirely. But it IS someone's fault. Whoever it was is the monster. Miscarriage or not.

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