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Woman, baby die in suspected murder-suicide after fall from bridge

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A woman carrying her baby daughter jumped from a bridge connecting Kansai International Airport to the mainland in Osaka Prefecture on Wednesday. Both died in the incident which police believe was a murder-suicide.

According to police, they received a call at around 4 p.m. from a witness who said he saw a woman get out of a red car, carrying a baby, and then climb over the bridge railing, Sankei Shimbun reported. When officers arrived at the scene, the car was parked on the bridge. The bodies of the woman and the baby were found floating in the sea about 40 minutes later.

The two were taken to a hospital where they were confirmed dead.

Police said the woman was wearing a one-piece dress and had a shoe on her right foot. The baby girl was dressed in a T-shirt and long pants. There were no visible wounds inflicted on their bodies. Inside the vehicle, officers retrieved the woman’s driver’s license and smartphone.

Police said the woman and her daughter lived in Wakayama Prefecture.

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Poor little baby. Woman too. Must've been something powerful to make her jump with a darling little baby.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Wake up japan. These constant murder suicides from Japanese mothers should be enough to tell you something is very wrong.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

What can one say after reading about tragedies like this...?

Selfishness, despair, hopelessness, innocence, loss, grief...

Mixed feelings indeed.

S

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Please Japan, give your people some agency and dignity in their lives.

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Police said the woman was wearing a one-piece dress and had a shoe on her right foot.

Thank you police, very important info for us all.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

sad

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Another day...Poor little girl...

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Ya wanna go, go. Just don't take anyone with you.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Sad that the woman, age unknown only had that option in her mind.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

When it comes right down to it, we have no idea the suffering others experience unless they feel safe enough to tell us. A big part of that safety comes from not being judged.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Sad, sounds like a case of postpartum depression.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Coward

0 ( +3 / -3 )

And selfish too

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Again with these Japanese Mother's killing children. Japanese women are very unstable so keep your eyes wide open if you have a JP wife/gf.

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RIP

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@rarereason @tokyojoe unless you’ve given birth to a child save your judgement. it’s neither cowardice or selfishness, it’s postpartum depression. It’s extremely common and not taken nearly as seriously as it should be. PPD hits you like a bus and once you’re in it, it’s hard to see your way out without help. Reporting stories like this in the national news doesn’t help the problem, it only makes mothers more afraid to seek help when they need it.

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Again, I continue to urge JT to NOT provide descriptions of suicides. This has been shown in research to contribute to copycat suicides. Please reconsider the newsworthiness of an actual description of the method of suicide. E.g. "Woman takes her child and her own live".

No more information is really necessary. I would again argue you don't actually need to report this at all. There are on average 100 suicides every day. Why not report on the actions being taken to reduce such a rate?

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There is a lot more information about the background to this story on Tokyo Reporter. It's even sadder than it appears.

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There is a lot more information about the background to this story on Tokyo Reporter. It's even sadder than it appears.

Yes, it seems that her 16 year old daughter had died the same day under suspicious circumstances that suggest abuse.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Postpartum depression?

No.

Cowardly and selfish.

And that's why it's not in the 'sympathy' section, but in the crime section.

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Moreover, the article referenced by other posters on tokyoreporter proves this was absolutely nothing to do with postpartum depression.

But don't let the facts get in the way of your moral highground.

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Another "mother of the year". And there was another today who killed her two children. A daily occurrence here that needs to be much more seriously dealt with.

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There is a tradition (if you want to call it that) of mothers taking their children with them when jump or use poison. This sad business might be brought to an end if more or better psychological help existed.

This is the kind of sad story that does leave one's memory that quickly.

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This is very tragic for both involved. That poor baby never had a chance to even live. RIP

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