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