Police are searching for a man who gave a 9-year-old girl candy that was laced with a powerful sleeping drug, in a Tokyo suburban park on July 29.
The girl collapsed and was foaming at the mouth and in a dazed state when she was found by a passerby in the park in Mizuho town, police said.
Police released the details to the media on Monday. The girl, who has since recovered, was quoted by police as saying that she was playing in Matsubaranishi Park at around 3:30 p.m. when a man she did not know approached her, NTV reported Tuesday. She said the man was very friendly and offered her what she perceived to be candy, and a Calpis drink.
Police said the girl began feeling ill and soon after, collapsed onto the sidewalk where she was found by a passerby. There was no sign of the man who gave her the candy, police said.
The girl was taken to hospital, where an analysis of her urine showed traces of a powerful sleeping drug, NTV reported.
According to police, the girl said the man was in his 20s, was of thin build and was wearing a black jacket.
Meanwhile, Sankei Shimbun reported that police are exploring a possible connection to another similar case on Aug 2 in which a 10-year-old boy was also offered candy by a man near where the July 29 incident took place.© Japan Today