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Woman arrested for abandoning corpse of newborn boy delivered at home

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A 28-year-old woman has been arrested for abandoning the corpse of her newborn son in her home in Imari, Saga prefecture.

According to police, Rika Sakagari was arrested on suspicion of not filing a death report, and abandoning the infant's corpse. Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying Sakagari gave birth to the baby at her home on July 7.

The case came to light at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, when Sakagari's boyfriend, who was the child's father, appeared at a police station with the corpse wrapped in towels and said: "He was delivered at home but did not make it.”

Police will conduct an autopsy on the baby to determine the cause of death.

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At least caring father .. very rare.

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Abandoning? She had it in her home, more like postpartum stress, or probably shock at delivering a still born child. My niece just delivered a still born son, after carrying him for 37 weeks, she is in the hospital now for care.

I can not imagine the pain and shock she is feeling and hope that she gets the care she deserves and needs.

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But, the question is, was it an organised home birth or, was the birth carried out at home in order to conceal it? We're the fathers's actions based on guilt? Why did he wait a week to report it? Why was the baby's birth not registered? Yeah, it's all well and good to yell "postpartum depression!" But, there are too many questions about this death.

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I wonder if Sakagari routinely visited her doctor throughput her pregnancy. If so, I think which "hospital" or other appropriate "facility" would've been mentioned and planned by this young irresponsible couple.

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At least caring father .. very rare.

On that you are very very wrong. There are plenty of caring father's in this country, just sad that you don't know about them. They are out there and while the "bad" one's make the news the overwhelming majority of them do their duty as fathers. It's a shame you feel otherwise.

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According to police, Rika Sakagari was arrested on suspicion of not filing a death report, and abandoning the infant’s corpse.

Don't these losers have anything better to do than to arrest and bully a poor young woman who carried her child for 9 months and delivered it dead?! J-cops are muppets!

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Don't these losers have anything better to do than to arrest and bully a poor young woman who carried her child for 9 months and delivered it dead?

Until the cause of death has been confirmed, it's standard procedure to charge someone with abandoning (or the unlawful disposal of,) a corpse, regardless of the deceased's age.

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I don't get this... why walk into a police station with a dead baby? Surely the appropriate response would have been to call for a doctor / ambulance when the woman was in labour?

...an anyway, what is it with the natural instinct to go to the cops over here? These people are not your friends.

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Don't these losers have anything better to do than to arrest and bully a poor young woman who carried her child for 9 months and delivered it dead?

You are assuming she did deliver it dead. See this for a clue:

Surely the appropriate response would have been to call for a doctor / ambulance when the woman was in labour?

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Why? It's not a money issue, the city government will cover 100% of birth if you register, even so much to make a little money from having a child (not the point here but shows money isn't an issue).

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According to the vernacular breaking-news.jp, the father is a 交際相手(boyfriend), not a live-in partner. It sounds like he found the baby's body in Sakagari's room when he went to visit, and took it to the police then - at one o'clock in the morning. The time of death has not been established, and there's no suggestion that he 'waited a week to report it'.

Other details for the same source - Sakagari has three other children already, and lives with her mother.

So the question is not, what was the father/occasional boyfriend doing reporting it to the police, as what was Gran doing not reporting it?

http://breaking-news.jp/2015/07/13/020630

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Oh, you experienced the horror of losing a child during birth, and you're feeling down about it? Here are some handcuffs for you to wear as a prize! Idiots.

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Everyone I know who has gone into premature labor (and sadly sometimes ultimately lost the child) has either rushed to the nearest hospital and/or called an ambulance.

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Cleo: Thanks for the additional info.

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How is it abandonment if " Sakagari’s boyfriend, who was the child’s father, appeared at a police station with the corpse wrapped in towels and said: “He was delivered at home but did not make it.” There is more to this, maybe the mother was not in any physical condition to walk or get to a hospital. JT we need more info.

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How is it abandonment if " Sakagari’s boyfriend, who was the child’s father, appeared at a police station with the corpse wrapped in towels and said: “He was delivered at home but did not make it.” There is more to this, maybe the mother was not in any physical condition to walk or get to a hospital. JT we need more info.

What more info do ya' need? She gave birth on July 7th which was a Tue. The death of the infant wasn't reported till the following Sunday. That's a long time, assuming the infant expired upon birth. The mother was 27, not 57, and most likely in strong enough physical condition (japanese, C'mon). The couple had ample time to prepare the birth of their child at a hospital of proper facility. This is Japan, not 3rd world.

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“He was delivered at home but did not make it.” There is more to this, maybe the mother was not in any physical condition to walk or get to a hospital.

ambulance.

My money is on the fact that he may well have lived at birth if she had had proper care and attention, assuming the little lad was close to full term. Glaringly important piece of information missing from the report there, but I'm guessing so because she wouldn't have been arrested had the fetus not been viable outside the womb. Single mother of 3 kids aged only 28 living at home with her mother? We'll see what the autopsy says but I bet it'll be inconclusive. I would also like to know why the father wasnt arrested. He had no idea that she was pregnant? I doubt it.

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OH dear God bless all the babies open the mother heart to show a little care for their babies

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