Police Monday night arrested an unemployed woman on suspicion of abducting a 1-year-old girl from a shopping center. The child was recovered unharmed. “My husband and I have no children,” the 38-year-old suspect, identified as Shinobu Uta, was quoted as telling police. “The girl was cute, and I took her on a sudden impulse.”
Police say the incident occurred at a shopping center in Iruma. The child, who was with her mother at a children’s clothing store, wandered off and Uta allegedly seized her. Uta then allegedly drove 4 km to the parking lot of another shopping center.
According to police, about 40 minutes later, Uta dialed 110 and, presenting herself as a bystander, said, “There’s a little girl here who’s all alone. I’ve been keeping an eye on her.”
Security cameras at the shopping center, however, showed Uta with the child, leading police to arrest her..© Japan Today