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Mother, infant son found dead after going missing on Sept 1

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The bodies of a 40-year-old woman and her 2-month-old son, who had been missing since Saturday afternoon, were found along the coast of Ako City, Hyogo Prefecture, on Monday.

The woman’s four-year-old son was found crying beside the family’s car in the parking lot at around 6 p.m. on Saturday by a passerby. According to police, there was a note inside the car, saying “Don’t look for me,” Fuji TV reported Monday. The parking lot is about 100 meters from the coast.

About 40 police and coast guard divers searched the area and sea on Monday, using a drone as well. The mother’s body was found in the morning in a harbor seven kilometers from camp parking lot. The infant’s body was found in the sea near the harbor in the afternoon. 

The boy who was found by himself told police he had come to the area with his mother and baby brother but didn’t know where they were. The woman’s husband told police his wife had taken the children for a drive and had left home at around 3 p.m. Saturday. The woman left her cell phone at home.

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Sadly, This comes as no surprise given the information in the first article. Condolences to the husband and son, may they be comforted.

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I would like everyone to show some respect here. As a father and husband this news breaks my heart. Selfish witch? Murder charge? Heartless faceless posters on a website.

Whatever it was that drove a mother to kill herself and her 2 month old baby, we should all respect the fact that it was obviously something severe. Depression is a killer. And that includes post-maternity depression.

None of us have any idea what drove this mother to do this, so none of us are in any position to make assumptions. We even have a poster claiming that she tried to kill the 4 year old but he escaped - where on earth do you get off making such claims?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

So she took her infant son with her to die? Should be a murder charge attached to it.

ah yeah well roll the corpse into the court room and read her the charges

8 ( +12 / -4 )

So sad.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Exactly what I said in my post yesterday that everyone voted down. She killed her daughter, tried to kill the son, he ran away, she killed herself.

Perhaps you were downvoted for getting it wrong?

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Damn, I was sure we would get bad news... And we will certainly never know why she did this...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

@TigersTokyoDome = right on brother

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Why couldn’t she have given her kids to someone else

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Yub - thanks for your reply.

Yes I am also guilty of an assumption, but its an educated guess, and my point was to highlight the darkness that is depression when posters are claiming she is a murderer and a witch etc. I wanted posters to respect what depression can do to people, even though it is an assumption.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Exactly what I said in my post yesterday that everyone voted down. She killed her daughter, tried to kill the son, he ran away, she killed herself.

I voted you down, purely for the fact that you commented about about it! Why do you care?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

This is certainly one of the most tragic, soul crushing stories I’ve read in a while. Poor kids.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

And another day where my day is ruined over a horrible piece of news. Signing off. Going to kiss my wife and 2 year old son and 2 month old daughter and try not to think about this too much. See you all tomorrow. I've had enough bad news to last me til the end of this month.

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The 4 year old had a lucky escape! its a shame the baby didn't have a happy ending,

1 ( +1 / -0 )

That poor dad and son. The dad has to hold himself together for the sake of his surviving kid now - but how do you hold yourself together after something like that? I don't know if I could do it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

And we will certainly never know why she did this...

I think the husband knows. I would doubt this came out of the blue.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

The baby who was taken was two months old. It seems much more likely to be post natal depression than anything else. It's possible she couldn't handle it anymore and didn't want to burden her husband, whom she felt she loved dearly, and she still loved her four yr old as well. Yes I'm speculating too... I just want to think the best of people until it is ruled out. Whatever... This is tragic. So sad.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

PND likely strikes again. So sad that it strikes at all in this modern society. RIP you two.

I wonder if the father was working on the Saturday as well?

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You hear about so many women having post partum depression after having a baby and prior to having my son I thought it was a lot of hog wash.  

After having my son I could not stop crying (I am not a person who cries) and I phoned the doctor and said I am happy but I cannot stop crying and that is when I heard the word post partum being used on me.  I said give me some medicine and the doctor said there was none I could only ride it out.

With this mother being 40, if she was not getting a lot of support I could see why she did what she did with her hormones and age.  My condolences to the husband and son.

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OMFG! That poor (surviving) kid.

The woman’s husband told police his wife had taken the children for a drive and had left home at around 3 p.m. Saturday.

In the typical (often feigned) disconnect that is so prevalent here...

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Whatever it was that drove a mother to kill herself and her 2 month old baby, we should all respect the fact that it was obviously something severe. Depression is a killer. And that includes post-maternity depression.

Quite so, yet the feelings related to the death of baby as young as this are quite strong, no matter the reasons it happened.

None of us have any idea what drove this mother to do this, so none of us are in any position to make assumptions

This is quite so as well, yet are you not doing the same by making or giving the potential excuse that it was related to depression? No matter what the note says or otherwise? Are you not assuming something yourself as well here?

My point is that this is just like so many other articles here on JT, one to raise the anger of the readers, and nary a follow up that give any explanations.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

All too often in Japan... why couldn't she have just killed herself? Selfish witch

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Exactly what I said in my post yesterday that everyone voted down. She killed her daughter, tried to kill the son, he ran away, she killed herself.

More suicide prevention / awareness please Japanese government.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

So she took her infant son with her to die? Should be a murder charge attached to it.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

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