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Woman arrested after showing up at Saitama police station with dead baby

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Police in Honjo, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning a body after she showed up at a police station with the remains of a newborn baby girl.

According to police, Risa Izaki, who works in the adult entertainment industry, entered the police station at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, NHK reported. She was carrying the remains of the infant wrapped in a towel.

Police said Izaki told them she gave birth at around 7 a.m. on Dec 23 in the bathroom at an apartment used as a reception area at the establishment where she works.

Police quoted Izaki as saying she didn’t know what to do and left the infant in the apartment until Wednesday. She was arrested on Thursday.

Police said an autopsy will be held to determine the infant’s cause of death.

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Adult entertainment industry, say no more, obviously a bad egg. Now a little baby has died, unbelievable.

-24 ( +2 / -26 )

For goodness sake Japan, set up more baby hatches and spread the word about where people can safely leave their infants without fear of prosecution (safe-haven laws). All of these options are surely much better than abandoning the baby in toilets and car parks. The country and its government keep whinging and whining about the low birth rates but are doing absolutely nothing to assist women who don't have the means to care for an infant resulting in cases like this.

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Once again a baby hatch could have saved a life, but nope... too conservative for those.

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on suspicion of abandoning a body

It's a sad story and I suppose the baby died of neglect, though there will be an autopsy. The useful catch-all crime (like "interfering with business") of "abandoning a body" doesn't seem to be entirely appropriate when she actually shows up at the cop shop holding the baby's corpse.

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I think this woman needed much more than a baby hatch. Giving birth in a company bathroom.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

my heart broken reading the news..RIP in heaven

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Sad Story

4 ( +4 / -0 )

She went to the police station with the body of her baby.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

the bathroom at an apartment used as a reception area at the establishment where she works.

Wonder what sort of job she was doing exactly?

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

This is a breakdown of society, and I do not hold the lady responsible.

She did not know what to do. Are there any social services available to educate her on caring for an infant? That was the point of failure, not her actions to a broken system.

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She did not know what to do. Are there any social services available to educate her on caring for an infant? That was the point of failure, not her actions to a broken system.

She was 27, not 11.

At some point you must take responsibility for yourself and your infant. Working as a sex worker is a choice, having a baby even by default, is a choice.

You have more than 9 mos to figure out a plan, doing nothing, and dropping an infant and leaving it, are choices.

She is not a victim, the innocent baby girl who never got a chance to live, is.

RIP.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Only a man would express the requirements a single 27 woman having a baby alone need "responsibility"

I doubt anybody who raised a child is "ready" and understands the labor and details of raising an infant

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Poor woman! At least she brought her dead baby to the police!!

Society has no right to arrest and criminalize her!!!

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Stephen ChinToday 01:33 am JST

Poor woman! At least she brought her dead baby to the police!!

Society has no right to arrest and criminalize her!!!

Uh, what? If the cause of death is anything other than natural causes, that is murder. Contrition and self-reporting only effect the sentence as I understand it.

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Poor woman! At least she brought her dead baby to the police!!

Society has no right to arrest and criminalize her!!!

Well said..

Many fake self-righteous people criticize without knowing the situation and with that alone they believe themselves to be morally superior to others...

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@smithinjapan the woman said she didn’t know what to do if there was a baby hatch do you really think it could have saved life. I think she would have done the same saying she didn’t know what to do. How many times have we read this line “I didn’t intend to kill”.

SmithinjapanDec. 29  07:08 pm JST

Once again a baby hatch could have saved a life, but nope... too conservative for those.

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@TokyoLiving

She needs to be arrested. Death from neglect is still murder. Is a newborn less human than an older child or adult?

Her extenuating circumstances, if any, will come to light but I don’t get why some posters somehow give women in these situations a free pass as if they are a victim.

Japan is the best country to give birth in and easiest place in the world to get an abortion. Birth is practically free and if you don’t have any money at all a case worker is assigned to you and you and your child are taken care of. All these women have to do is ask for help at the welfare window at their city hall but apparently for a grown 27yo adult woman that was too difficult or shameful or embarrassing.

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Working in the adult industry as a woman is often like belonging to a brainwashing cult that relies on tactics like lots of humiliation of blame, with intermittent doses of fake praise and love .... and sex.

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