Police in Osaka have arrested a couple on suspicion of abandoning the body of their one-year-old son in their car.
According to police, Rena Suzuki, 24, and her common-law husband Yuta Oshima, 22, placed the body of their dead son, Ryusei, in the trunk of their car where it was found this week. Fuji TV reported that the couple has been lying to the child consultation center and that Suzuki tried to avoid any investigation into Ryusei's whereabouts by telling child welfare officials that he was with his grandparents or at a nursery. Police said that Suzuki's mother has not seen Ryusei since March 22.
The couple were arrested on Wednesday.
Suzuki told police that she left her son and 3-year-old daughter in the car in April, and found Ryusei dead when she came back. She said she and Oshima put her son's body in the trunk on the same day.
Staff from Osaka city's Nambu Child Consultation Center have visited Suzuki 28 times since Nov 11, as possible child neglect and abuse were suspected. Not able to confirm the whereabouts of Ryusei, the staff reported to the police on Tuesday night. Suzuki's car was found in the parking lot in Sumiyoshi Ward, and investigators discovered Ryusei's body inside a cooler box in the trunk after finding the couple at a nearby hotel.
Ryusei was wearing a diaper, T-shirt and shorts. Police said an autopsy showed malnutrition as the likely cause of death, as his chest muscles were underdeveloped and he had a low body fat percentage. The autopsy also indicated that Ryusei died sometime between June and September, not in April, as Suzuki claimed.© Japan Today