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Two 17-year-old girls arrested for dumping newborn baby’s body near river in June

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Police on Monday arrested two 17-year-old girls on suspicion of dumping the body of a newborn baby boy near the bank of the Arakawa River in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward in June. The naked infant, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found on June 27 by a worker who was cutting high grass.

Police said the two girls arrested were the infant’s mother and her friend, adding they have admitted to the charge.

The mother said she gave birth to her son on the night of June 23. She was quoted by police as saying she didn’t know what to do and called her friend. She and her friend put the body in a bag and took a train to the spot where they left the body on June 24. The site is about 100 meters from Horikiri Station on the Tobu Skytree Line.

Police said they identified the two girls through nearby street surveillance camera footage.

The mother said the father was a man she had met on a paid date and that she had not seen him since.

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The mother said the father was a man she had met on a paid date and that she had not seen him since.

Is a 'paid date' another way of saying, she's a teenage prostitute?

The mother should be charged with murder and her friend should be charged with accessory to murder. Still-born babies do not go full-term. They are ejected as soon as the baby's heart stops. This is another example of how Japan fiddles its murder to statistics to save face on the international stage.

-1 ( +17 / -18 )

It has better start worrying about saving itself as a population, rather than saving that dishonoured face of its, then.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

She needs to be slapped with a murder charge, abandoning a body, and teenage prostitution.

4 ( +16 / -12 )

"...rather than saving that dishonoured face of its, then."

Come again?

13 ( +13 / -0 )

She needs to be slapped with a murder charge, abandoning a body, and teenage prostitution.

The idea that teenage prostitutes should be punished, instead of helped, is... cold. Unethical. Inhuman; The Internet.

Is this really what we have come to as a society? Punishing kids for being born into such a life that they end up prostituting themselves? Wow.

11 ( +24 / -13 )

So sad, why didn't the parents notice or take any notice?

14 ( +15 / -1 )

One of the biggest issues right now in Japan is that there are many companies that allow Junior and High School aged girls to get paid for "taking walks" and "having coffee" with older business men. These companies are a front for child prostitution. There is absolutely no reason a man should desire to be alone with an underaged woman. Because she was young and never knew of the choices she had, the end result was something horrible.

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https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/15/tokyo-pink-bus-campaign-seeks-to-protect-schoolgirls-from-escort-scouts-jk-business

6 ( +7 / -1 )

There is absolutely no reason a man should desire to be alone with an underaged woman.

Obviously there is.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

She still killed a infant tho.

That's a fact not a judgment.

Wealthy or happy what I meant is that we know nothing of her and you decided she had a bad life based on the fact she has sex for money. That's pretty judgmental

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

That's a fact not a judgment.

Fact? I don’t think that word means what you think it does.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

The mother is 17 years old. She went on a "paid date" with a guy. She wasn't aware enough to use (or insist that the man use) contraception. She got pregnant. She didn't know what to do, obviously either couldn't go to parents/family members/other older people for advice or just had no-one other than an equally naive 17 year-old friend to turn to.

We don't know why she went on a "paid date". Maybe because she was desperate, maybe because she fancied some extra spending money. There are many reasons why girls (and boys) do this kind of thing, and it's not always because they have a "bad life". In any case, she's 17 years old, and 17 year-olds make mistakes.

Yes, an innocent child died, and that's a tragedy. But it's a tragedy for this girl, too.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

Fact? I don’t think that word means what you think it does.

fact is a thing that is known to be consistent with objective reality and can be proven to be true with evidence.

Seems to be a fact that she killed the baby by dumping him on the river bank and admitting to the crime...

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Doing the arithmetics, aren't we talking about a 16 year old who went on a paid date? You are into child prostitution there.

Secondly, doesn't she live with any family members who might have noticed the bump, or her giving birth in the next room?

Definitely a case for social workers first. Got to be a big backstory before the mob here drags her off to lynch her.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

“she gave birth to her son on the night of June 23. .... She and her friend put the body in a bag”

There’s no information here about how or when the poor infant died. At this point the two girls have only been charged with abandoning the body.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

A Paid Date … I guess that's the Japanese way of saying she was Selling Herself. What a NAIVE little girl

she sells her body but doesn't have the brains to use a condom to avoid catching a disease or getting pregnant. Her parents must really feel disgusted to have a daughter that has done things such as this.

She is a Hooker and she killed her own son. Parenting at it's best.

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

That's a little harsh. Please don't consider having children yourself.

One would hope that they were deeply concerned for her mental and physical wellbeing first rather than "disgusted". I'm expecting to read of a trainwreck family background; poor, neglected, young single hotess mum, patchinko player, all the usual.

I am also presuming it was enjo-kōsai or "compensation dating" rather than prostitution, usually dealt with by child protective custody and guidance (補導) rather than punishment. You write "hooker" as if there is something wrong with sex work.

The law would differentiate between killing and abandoning, as in allowing to die.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

(I'm obviously differentiating between adult "sex work" and exploitive child prostitution here)
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@Disillusioned

The mother should be charged with murder and her friend should be charged with accessory to murder. Still-born babies do not go full-term. They are ejected as soon as the baby's heart stops. This is another example of how Japan fiddles its murder to statistics to save face on the international stage.

No no, that's now how that works at all. Unfortunately full-term babies are still-born all the time, for any number of reasons. The birthing process itself can kill them as well. Not to mention that a baby can die while inside the mother and not ever be 'ejected'.

Whether or not any of these apply in this case I don't know. But what you wrote is incorrect.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Still-born babies do not go full-term. They are ejected as soon as the baby's heart stops. 

Sadly, this is neither of those sentences is true.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Disillusioned, “Still-born babies do not go full-term. They are ejected as soon as the baby's heart stops.”

So how do you explain my friend’s baby that died in the womb and was born through induced labor three days later?

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Just in case anyone is being mislead by Disillussion’s misinformation, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Britain says: “Most women will go into labour naturally within 3 weeks of their baby dying in the womb.”

Meaning it it could be immediately or it could be as long as three weeks later, or even longer!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Why is this young women being defended?

If a 17 year boy had dumped his newborn baby’s body, would there be so many posters defending him? I doubt it.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Seems to be a fact that she killed the baby 

No, it’s not a fact that she killed the baby.

And if it were a fact, there would be no need to preface it with ‘seems to’. A fact is not something seeming, it’s something established.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Things are getting very ugly. We're not in Showa anymore, Toto.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Because we don't know the full circumstances and something in the equation sounds very wrong.

I'm amazed she survived giving birth by herself.

Perhaps the child did not, for example, and had died during the birth?

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@towingtheline

Yes. You are right. A boy most likely would not have received the same amount of sympathy. But there are stark differences between the two. If a man goes through a pregnancy with a woman, he isn’t alone. If a woman’s family, friends, and the father abandons a woman, she would have to go through her pregnancy alone. Also, it’s much easier for a man to walk away than it is for a woman.

When it comes to having a baby, especially early, the woman is heavily affected either way. Abortions come with risks to the body and going through a pregnancy changes you. While there are men who just walk away as if it doesn’t concern them at all.

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She’s just 17 years old! Y’all commenting negatively here, just because you read the story! Ya don’t know her, ya don’t know what she has been through!! She probably had no conscience of what she did. Can you imagine being 17 and got pregnant?

What she did is totally wrong and inhuman! And that’s on her!

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Child prostitute, gets pregnant, recived no anti-natal care and delievered her child alone, panics and calls her friend.

A tragic episode, this child has been let down by every adult who knows her.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

That poor infant.

RIP.

That was the only helpless life in this scenario.

All the rest were in charge of their lives, and choices.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

At 17 a girl should be focused on school and all the other little things teenagers do and maybe a part time job at the local convenient store or restaurant for some spending cash, getting ready for when she has to support herself.  Not taking the easy way and selling her body to strangers. So "pacificwest" when a girl does sell herself yeah she is a Hooker / Prostitute and her family should be Discussed with her. And by the way I happen to have seven children and non of them sell their body.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

All the rest were in charge of their lives, and choices.

You are saying child abuse is a choice on the part of the child? Children who sell their bodies are not making an informed choice. Where was this child's parents, teachers, neighbours? Why did they all ignore what she was doing, her pregnancy? If we neglect our children we cannot blame them for their self destructive behaviour.

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Can you imagine being 17 and got pregnant?

I would certainly question my gender if I did!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

"Still-born babies do not go full-term. "

LOL again

Stillbirth is the delivery, after the 20th week of pregnancy, A baby is stillborn in about 1 in 200 pregnancies. Because many stillbirths happen in what appear to be normal pregnancies, they can be devastating to the parents.

https://www.webmd.com/baby/understanding-stillbirth-basics

In other words, the baby could have been still born. In other the baby was born dead.

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The mother said the father was a man she had met on a paid date and that she had not seen him since.

So she was working as a prostitute and failed to take precautions.

The mother said she gave birth to her son on the night of June 23. She was quoted by police as saying she didn’t know what to do and called her friend. She and her friend put the body in a bag and took a train to the spot where they left the body on June 24.

Lack of details makes no mention if the baby was alive at birth or not.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

If you are selling your body at 17, you are REALLY naive, or just wanted the money for glam bags. Maybe her parents tried to intervene, maybe they didn't. No one knows except her and that "true friend".

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

You are saying child abuse is a choice on the part of the child? Children who sell their bodies are not making an informed choice. Where was this child's parents, teachers, neighbours? Why did they all ignore what she was doing, her pregnancy? If we neglect our children we cannot blame them for their self destructive behaviour.

This girl ( 16 is over the age of consent ) drops her newborn infant and leaves it in a bag,

and this is about her being abused?

I'm thinking she kept her pay-date activity secret, and after the pregnancy

went into denial until a baby dropped.

I don't know how or why her parents could not see she was pregnant, 

she obviously kept a lot of secrets.

There are places where a pregnant person can turn, if they need to, 

but you have to seek them out.

This girl took no action except to call a girlfriend to help cover her ass, 

about 9 months too late.

You can blame everyone else for her behavior,

but at some point, she'll have to own up to it.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

She knew what she was doing. You see girls like this around Shibuya all the time.

She should be prosecuted for murdering and dumping her baby.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Sorry folks, the stupid person is the man that sleeps with a prostitute without a raincoat.

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Educator60 - Just in case anyone is being mislead by Disillussion’s misinformation, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Britain says: “Most women will go into labour naturally within 3 weeks of their baby dying in the womb.”

How is it misleading? He stated the baby will be naturally ejected soon after the baby dies. Isn’t that what this article states? It states “within three weeks”. That does not mean it is not bien straight away.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

She needs to be slapped with a murder charge, abandoning a body, and teenage prostitution.

She's a kid. Who knows what horrors she's gone through to get to such a terrible outcome?

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Do the hustle, “How is it misleading? He stated the baby will be naturally ejected soon after the baby dies. Isn’t that what this article states?”

Disillusioned did not say “soon after the baby dies”, he said “They are ejected as soon as the baby's heart stops.” Those two phrases do not have the same meaning and his is incorrect.

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Binary thinking that this 17 year old should be thought of as a prostitute, a murderer, is surely evil and believing people like her exist by sight in places like Shibuya is very narrow and shows a lot of intolerance. It's not the girl isn't responsible for her actions, she is. However, she is a symptom, not the true problem, in a culture where drinking with club ladies is a norm, prostitution and sexual service is ubiquitous and communication between parents and particularly fathers, who often do not have strong relationships with their daughters, and a lack of love goes in both directions. All those things and more lead to the so called enjokosai that occurs.

There's a whole lot more here than just a kid who murdered her just born child and abandoning the body in a river and she needs help to figure out how to make herself a better person and hopefully becomes an adult who can contribute to society and live a good life which is surely going to be very difficult to do, especially if there is only guilt thrown at her by others, who have no idea what exactly happened nor why. She needs to be heard out, and then depending on her attitude and reasoning, get help or find out if she is truly a terrible person, who's actions were less about hubris and ignorance and more about being evil. Professionals should make decisions on how to handle her case and deal with her future, only after they understand what happened.

But intolerance and judgmental narrative at this time, without all the information, is just bigoted and stupid.

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What a shame, but the baby though sad is probably better off than suffering further ordeals. The girl is still young enough to have future kids perhaps as she matures. Pretty sure this will never be forgotten by her either. Next time she should make sure the guy is wearing a protection.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

The baby is "better off"?

Tell that to my buddy who was adopted at birth and now has his own beautiful children, lovely wife, and a successful career.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

It's true that mitigating circumstances like her young age and a what looks like a difficult social background should be taken in to consideration by the court but she still dumped (murdered ?) her infant child and should be punished accordingly and her friend should be charged for being an accessory.

The mother could have turned to social services or given up the child for adoption instead of coldly dumping the body in a bag somewhere and take off.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

"16 is over the age of consent", only when both parties are young teenagers. Where the other is older it enters the realm of child sex abuse. Age differential matters.

In Tokyo Pref it is 18 years old.

Interest none of the social justice warriors are voicing any condemnation of the adult father of the child.

@sunfunbun

Binary thinking ... There's a whole lot more here ... intolerance and judgmental narrative at this time, without all the information, is just bigoted and stupid.

Thank you for the voice of reason.

You are absolutely correct.

@ Toasted Heretic

She's a kid. Who knows what horrors she's gone through to get to such a terrible outcome?

Very possibly. I'm expecting to read of something like "abused by hotess mother's boyfriend" etc.

And we don't know if she "murdered" or whether the infant died in the self-delivery.

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So many inference and mostly against the girl. We do not know much.

The child had a father. Why is he not being bashed ? He should have noticed he was not wearing a condom. So he should have been expected to have a child and should have acted consequently.

Moreover, he went for an underage girl. I have quite a lot difficulties understanding how that is a date worth of your money.

Why are there people assuming she was a prostitute ? She went on a paid date. Meaning, she was an escort. No obligation to have sex, depend of the contract. There is a possibility she was raped.

Has pointed by several, nobody know if she give birth to a living baby or not. We do not know if she had any knowledge of her pregnancy.

There is lot of things let unknown, so I do not see the point in bashing the girl and her friend so much or pushing blame on the family/teacher/... moreover when letting everything slide for the man.

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It's her fault. She needs to be punished. 6 Years in Jail. And her friend, 4 Years.

Still they can start fresh life with some valuable lesson.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

He should have noticed he was not wearing a condom.

Condoms can fail. She may have lied and said she was on the pill. She may have been on the pill but messed up her schedule. Some practices can cause pregnancy even though people stupidly think they won't. My opinion of sex ed is that its a joke. And its a joke because of stupid, backward, squeamish parents and other chuckle heads running society who either think it isn't important, its silly, or think ignorance and/or fear is an effective deterrent to human nature.

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