Couple who claimed welfare for dead baby rented apartment to store body

OSAKA —

Police said Wednesday they have found the remains of a baby girl who died shortly after birth six years ago. The child’s parents were arrested earlier this month for illegally collecting child care allowance for six years by pretending that their child was still alive.

Fuji TV reported that the child’s remains were found in a rented apartment in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. Police were quoted as saying that the baby’s remains were wrapped in plastic and placed in a sports bag in a cupboard.

The Osaka couple were arrested after a local school discovered that the child, who was registered to attend elementary school, was, in fact, dead. The couple told investigators that they had thrown her body into the ocean in Aichi.

Japan Today

  • 2

    Elvensilvan

    Now I don't feel like having any breakfast.

  • 0

    Mirai Hayashi

    its ovah!!! GUILTY!!!

    Now they can probably do some kind of autopsy and determine the cause of death. My money is on murder

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    Matthew Simon

    Premeditated infanticide, disgusting.

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    papigiulio

    If I heard correctly they even used that welfare money to go to disneyland.

  • 5

    Goals0

    The headline should be changed. While the body was found there, if they had rented the apartment just to store it they wouldn't have made money on the allowance payments.

  • 0

    taj

    Matthew, what makes you think it was pre-meditated? Did you read that somewhere else?

  • 0

    Matthew Simon

    The lying the the coverup, going to great lengths to make a dead child was still alive. The whole thing sounds like a murder with intent to defraud the government for free money a premeditated murder. There definitely appears to be a monetary motive here.

  • -1

    ambrosia

    It makes you wonder how much the apartment cost and how much the payments were. Was it even worth the money and the trouble?

  • -2

    602miko

    they don't have a heart, my gosh satan living with them in 6 years. now i believe justice never sleep ....

  • 1

    wontond

    Was the rent so cheap that it was offset by the child care allowance?

  • 1

    TheDevilsAssistant

    Was the rent so cheap that it was offset by the child care allowance?

    Tha'ts what I was wondering?

    my gosh satan living with them in 6 years

    I'm not that mean.

  • 0

    cramp

    somethings not right with the story or them...why didn't they throw the body into the ocean like they said, or bury her instead of renting a place to store her...makes no sense

  • -1

    danako

    Isn't the allowance only about 10000 yen per month, hardly enough for an apartment. This story gets sicker all the time (Disneyland). And yet they haven't been arrested for anything other than the fraud.

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    SloanAkira

    cramp, probably because then they wouldn't have to 'search' for her body. but i agree, i think renting makes no sense to me. but seriously, only plastic and bag? wouldn't that give off horrible odor and bugs to alert other residents? poor girl.

  • 2

    mrkobayashi

    You only get ¥15,000 child allowance per month, deposited once every 4 months in a lump sum. The story doesn't mention that the husband was not the father of the baby, a fact the TV news clearly stated.

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    DudeDeuce

    Police were quoted as saying that the baby’s remains were wrapped in plastic and placed in a sports bag in a cupboard.

    The couple told investigators that they had thrown her body into the ocean in Aichi.

    So which was it? Were there 2 babies?

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    Fadamor

    An autopsy on a 6-year-old corpse isn't going to tell much unless the bones were broken/bruised. There's not going to be anything else left but the bones after six years.

    So which was it? Were there 2 babies?

    No there was only one. They probably made up the "ocean" story to mis-direct the police from finding the remains.

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    ChibaChick

    My God this is truly macabre.

    I dont get it - why misdirect the police to finding the remains? Youve already been busted for claiming money for a child that is no longer alive. not finding a body wont make any difference. The only conclusion I can come to is that they didnt want the police to get their hands on the corpse because there is something to hide about the way the child died.

    Whether it IS murder or not, this is one FUBAR couple.

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    jforce

    Why is this sick crime happening more and more to children in Japan? People are truly selfish and don't deserve the right to procreate. This is just sad.

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    Marilita Fabie-Fujisawa

    "Why is this sick crime happening more and more to children in Japan"? Allow me to tell you what I think and feel. The core of the problem is how the parents where brought up. We have to take into consideration if that's the right word that this country is loosing it's values and morals regarding family ties. They lack a great deal of compassion and love. So when this kids grow up t be parents they become cold hearted monsters.

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    602miko

    somethings not right with the story or them...why didn't they throw the body into the ocean like they said, or bury her instead of renting a place to store her...makes no sense

    hey don't give them an idea lol ... atlease they found the body, the baby deserve a proper burial ...

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    Heath Bagge

    Who knows what reason they had, maybe they couldn't let go of their child, even shortly after birth a child is loved so deeply...not the father? Maybe he was just following the mother's wishes out of care...when emotional, people act differently and also a mental pattern can develop to comfort the stress of a tragedy. Don't be so quick to judge without the facts...

    RIP baby girl

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