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Woman arrested for dumping body of baby in toilet in Gunma


Police in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old woman after it was discovered she had dumped the body of her newborn boy in the toilet of her home.

According to police, Saori Muraoka lived with her mother, brother and her 9-year-old son in the house. TBS reported that on Wednesday afternoon, a routine cleaning professional came to the house to clean out the septic tank for the toilet and discovered the body of the infant.

Police said Muraoka has confessed to disposing of her son's body. Police said that Muraoka's family was unaware that she had been pregnant and that they did not know who the father of the baby was.

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What a monster...I can:t stand people who do this!

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I don't understand this story..a routine professional cleaner found the baby in the septic tank? Like how long was it there then? So, if this routine professional never came, then it means that the baby will never have been found. I've never heard of a routine thingy here in Japan. Or, they must only have them in remote areas like Gunma? Another that I can't understand.. Left in a puzzle here.

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We don't know if the baby was murdered or still-born or died as a result of not being made to breathe at birth. We also don't know if the baby was the result of consensual sex or rape. And we don't know what mental issues she has had.

Method of disposal of a body I don't put too much stock in. Its just that going around the law raises suspicion of murder.

So glad I was not the one to find the body though. I hate to see or think of babies mistreated.

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@Marilita, as you may know, remote areas within very rural parts of Japan like Gifu and Gunma often have homes without any modern plumbing and therefore use outhouse toilets, septic tanks, etc. They are routinely maintained, as they must be to work properly. You probably wouldn't ever come across this in Tokyo but I could be wrong...

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Such wanton disregard for human life. RIP little one, at least now you are with those who love you.

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Whenever I read about things like this the term 'pond scum' immediately pops into my head!

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Our house in Kobé had a septic tank although the toilet itself was inside the house and did have water to flush it, but a big truck came once a month to empty the septic tank. (The house was in a developing area halfway up Rokko-san).

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What a monster...I can:t stand people who do this!

People learn the facts before you go on pointing fingers and calling her a monster. Like someone already pointed out. We don't know if she murdered the baby or not.

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Garthgoyle - You don't know if she murdered the baby or not? What difference does it make? So, she didn't murder the baby. She just flushed it down the toilet. That's much better, isn't it?

Pond scum - the lowest form of life on the earth!

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Combinibento,,thanks for the info! Appreciate it.

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She will get away with murder by saying the baby was already dead.

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Let's take a moment to spare a thought for the poor cleaner (that already has a sh*tty job - pun intended) that found this...

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So, if this routine professional never came, then it means that the baby will never have been found.

My system is checked every 3 or 4 months.

This kind of story seems far too common, shocking

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Monster, lock her up!

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"Muraoka’s family was unaware that she had been pregnant and that they did not know who the father of the baby was. "


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I don't remember ever seeing a Japanese woman who was so fat you wouldn't be able to see her pregnant state. So that line about the family not knowing is really hard to swallow. Especially since they would have seen her coming and going from the ohuro.

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Some people should be obligatory sterilized and prevented from giving life, incl. this woman. Unfortunately for humankind it's often the case that low life spreads like wildfire, because they lack the ability to think about future consequences.

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There is a complete lack of information here. The most likely situation is that this mother (of a nine yr. old, too) have birth to a stillborn fetus and embarrassed by the whole situation made a rash decision. The second problem in this case is the blanket law in Japan about "improper disposal of a body" which was originally designed to give police more time to extract confessions from murder suspects.

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You don't know if she murdered the baby or not? What difference does it make?

Makes a very big difference if she murdered the baby or if it came out already dead.

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As usual, there are many things not reported and everything is left up to question. Was this a miscarriage and she was in shock? I do not trust investigations here nor things reported. Confessions mean nothing in Japan as they are beat out of you. The headline is nothing but sensationalism and it is very sad that a newspaper would resort to a sensational headline to get people to read it. She may be a grieving mother who had a stillborn or a miscarriage. We do not know so do not judge.

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To all the folks saying do not judge, I am guessing none of you have children.

The fact is, something like this happens multiple times a week in japan: mothers killing their children. Weather or not the baby was stillborn, doesn't make a difference. What kind of person would flush a human baby, dead or alive, down a toilet?

Japan is probably one of the easiest places in the world to get an abortion. This woman is 28! Come on! There is no excuse, regardless!

After 10 years in japan, and my experience with removing my own children from their abusive Japanese mother, I have come to the conclusion that 50% of Japanese mothers should have never had kids in the first place.

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Words escape me

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Can we just dump Her in the septic tank? Seems deserving!! Monster woman. Treated her child like absolute poop!

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I am not calling her a monster because I assumed that she killed her baby. I am calling her monster for not giving the child (regardless of how he or she died) a proper resting place. Toilet septic tank? REALLY? How is this person not a monster for stuffing her own child in the toilet? She's even more of a monster if the baby was alive when she did it, and she definitely should be locked up for that.

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So what did they arrest her for? abandoning a body? I'd like to know more of what happened, whether they did an autopsy on the infant to figure out cause of death and what the mother says happened.

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she live with her mother house how come they didn't know that she is pregnant? this really a bizarre >>> or the parents playing innocents?

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