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Woman, boyfriend arrested after leaving her 1-year-old son in car while they played pachinko

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Police in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, have arrested a 21-year-old woman and her 21-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of neglect as guardians after they left her one-year-old son unattended in a car at a pachinko parlor parking lot on Saturday.

Police said Ami Nojima, an unemployed resident of Ibaraki Prefecture, and her boyfriend, Koki Wakaba, a self-professed musician, left Nojima’s son inside a car for approximately 40 minutes at around 6 p.m. on Saturday in Tarumi Ward, Kyodo News reported.

While the couple were playing pachinko, a security guard patrolling the parking lot noticed the boy in the vehicle and notified police. The car was locked and the engine was running. The back seat window was slightly open.

Police said the child’s health was not affected and quoted the couple as saying they thought the boy would be OK for a short time while they played pachinko.

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you couldn't go one at a time?

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Once again irresponsible parents put an innocent child's life in risk.

Fortunate that at a security guard was present, who knows how many times this happened before it was discovered, and what could have happened in the future.

18 ( +19 / -1 )

who knows how many times this happened before

Thats my thought with all the crazy crimes you hear about in Japan, especially the abandoned corpses.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

At least the baby survived this time. Usually in this story, the parents return to find the kid in a state of cardio-pulmonary arrest.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Thats my thought with all the crazy crimes you hear about in Japan, especially the abandoned corpses.

You wonder how many times the same corpse was abandoned before the person doing it was caught?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I can't even think about leaving my son in the car to grab a bottle of pop and use the toilet in the combini.

Pachinko is a disease.

18 ( +19 / -1 )

Selfish, sick individuals.

Not fit to be parents.

17 ( +18 / -1 )

Charge both with attempted murder and best to put the child up for adoption.

rCharge them both with attempted murder. And for chi

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Some big Pachinko parlours with massive parking spaces are checked by patrol cars as part of their routine

They should make this a standard on places frequented by deliquent people and impose heavier punishments and penalties to minimise the number of offenders

Waste of taxpayers money but unfortunately these kind sof people have no hope

If we want to save their poor children it will be at the expense of the country sad to say

4 ( +4 / -0 )

It's obviously an addiction. The parents need help. Drug dealers make money. Pachinko Parlors do too.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

for a short time

Wonder what "a short time" would have turned into if the security guard hadn't notified police.

a self-professed musician

I'm pretty decent at karaoke as well.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Is always pachinko. Almost every time is the parents leaving the kid in the car while going to play pachinko. Worst gambling addiction that should be tackled.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

They need crèche facilities at pachinkos or love hotels.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Charge both with attempted murder and best to put the child up for adoption.

Charge them with neglect, but it clearly wasn't attempted murder, so the case would fail.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Save this child by Taking him away from them because they will do it again, guaranteed.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Every year there's a news like this. It's true that many people just think "it will never happen to me, even if I try".

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Its terrible how often we see news like this. Summer is in its high isnt it

4 ( +6 / -2 )

So it wasn't like they forgot the child was in the car by leaving it running. Just a criminal act, throw the book at them and put the child in a safe home.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Anyone doing this should be made

to suffer the same.

It would certainly build empathy

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Pachinko rots the mind leaving persons gambling with the lives of babies.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Ami Nojima, an unemployed resident of Ibaraki Prefecture, and her boyfriend, Koki Wakaba, a self-professed musician,

Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Glad the baby coud be found before a tragedy.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Wow! I noticed Japanese like leaving the car running, especially at supermarkets. Probably do that more often than other countries. I guess they wanted to keep the aircon on for the child. Still not good leaving the child all alone in the car.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I might be wrong, but there's a thing called.......I think its called a babysitter? Yeah, I think you pay them to watch your child while you go out and do your thing? I think that would've worked best in this case!

And the sad thing as I've seen is that these parents are just going to get a "stern talking to/warning" and the child is back in their care to do it again!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Dango bong

you couldn't go one at a time?

Or, not go in at all because pachinko is such a pointless waste of time and money.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Thats my thought with all the crazy crimes you hear about in Japan, especially the abandoned corpses.

You wonder how many times the same corpse was abandoned before the person doing it was caught?

I wonder how many corpses are still out there, and family members collection those pensions.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

If we want to save their poor children it will be at the expense of the country sad to say

Let the pachinko parlo pay. Hold them responsible if they don't have a security guard checking every 30 minutes.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

*parlor

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@therougou

Let the pachinko parlor pay. Hold them responsible if they don't have a security guard checking every 30 minutes.

Not a bad idea actually

At the very least make these kinds of businesses responsible for preventing stupid people doing stupid things

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think that they are not responsible enough to be parents.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It would certainly build empathy

Im afraid its not that simple

or rather this method wont help

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sad situation. Clearly, these dimwits have been putting their child in danger.... so what? Take the child away? Or risk them doing it again? Tough decision.

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