Police said Monday they are investigating the circumstances in which a 2-month-old baby boy drowned on Saturday after he fell into a river in Nagano Prefecture.
According to police, the boy, who has been named as Zen Okada, was with his mother and older brother playing by the Matsukawa River near his home in Iida at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. A local resident was quoted by Fuji TV as saying that the mother was carrying the child.
The mother told police the child slipped from her grasp and fell into the river and was apparently carried downstream. She went in after the child but could not find him, Fuji TV reported.
The boy's family contacted the emergency services who arranged a search by boat and helicopter on Sunday morning. The infant's body was found around 900 meters downstream of where he was lost.
Police are currently investigating the circumstances that led up to the incident.© Japan Today