Two teens arrested for throwing 8-year-old boy into sea

FUKUOKA —

Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after they allegedly threw an 8-year-old boy into the sea in the city of Omuta in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said Thursday.

According to police, the two youths, along with three other students, aged 11-12, accosted the boy in a store and took him to a park where they choked him and burned him with lit cigarettes for over an hour from 6:30 p.m. on Aug 6. They then brought the boy to a nearby harbor and threw him into the water with the intent of killing him to hide their assault, police allege.

The boy was able to climb up a ladder back onto the pier by himself, but he sustained bone fractures and other serious injuries. He was picked up by an officer on patrol after his parents had reported him missing.

Police said one of the boys under arrest recorded the violence with his mobile phone camera. The footage showed the crying victim being attacked for several minutes in the park.

One of the assailants was quoted as saying: “He rode my bicycle without asking, and it made me mad.”

Police are currently working with a child consultation center on the case.

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    isthistheend

    Whatever comments follow, none will help this poor boy. What an absolute shame.

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    spudman

    sadistic bastards. i seriously hope the 8 year olds parents file civil suit charges against the parents of all the others. not as punishment but as a signal that parental responsibility must be taken seriously.

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    sillygirl

    these boys need more than a "child consultation center." this is just too sad. are children being brought up (anywhere) to have any sort of empathy?????? i guess parents don`t have much either, otherwise it might of given the children guidance before it was too late.

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    Triple888

    People have very deep grudges nowadays. Attack them once and get 100 times payback.

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    Osakadaz

    future psychopaths? One can't help but think of the Bolger killers.

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    Tahoochi

    Whatever comments follow, none will help this poor boy.

    ...True, but neither will yours.

    11 to 15 year olds??? 100% responsibility of the parents. The scary thing is that if these kids are truly evil, upon serving whatever punishment they get, they will probably go after the kid again in retaliation.

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    LFRAgain

    Sadistic little sh#ts. I concur with every post here. Most frighteningly, I too thought of the Bolger killing. It's a wonder this poor little fellow made it through. Kudos to him for having the strength to save himself. With the proper care and attention, this boy should be fine. Young kids bounce back like that, even from something as horrific as this.

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    bgaudry

    Lesson learnt- ask for permission before riding other people's bikes.

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    bamboohat

    These guys tortured him for an hour, and then dragged him (likely crying) to throw him in the water. He was picked up by the cops only because his parents reported him missing.

    Every adult that saw any of this happening and didn't intervene should go to prison.

    That being aside, that he was able to survive this and climb out of the water will likely make him a tough little mofo when he grows up.

    I hope he gets payback someday.

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    Cicada

    they will probably go after the kid again in retaliation.

    If they don't drop dead first. The kid has likely cast a spell on them.

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    smithinjapan

    "One of the assailants was quoted as saying: “He rode my bicycle without asking, and it made me mad.”

    Ah, yes... the "let's murder without reason or care" case for the day. I hope these guys are tried as adults. Won't happen, but there can be hope. They did, after all, take the time to FILM the event and enjoy doing it.

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    bdiego

    Reminds me of the "Xbox murders" and other cases where teenagers rage and murder over nothing.

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    ratpack

    Wow..this kid is one tough little bugger. Fractures, burns, beatings choking, and he climbed a ladder back onto the pier after being left to die in the water. If i was this little fellas dad i would be waiting to strike these wastes of society who did this like a tornado thrashing into a little cubby house. You can bet your bottom dollar that the courts will let these sadistic little sh!ts go with only a warning. I would strike the fear of god into these creatures so that they will think twice about even looking sideways at my son again.

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    fishy

    my older child is 8 years old, and just to even think of a boy that age is being beaten up and thrown into the ocean breaks my heart. the boy will need some emotional as well to help him heal. i'm just glad he survived.

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    wichita

    coward lame teenagers they are.

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    one2one

    The best part of this story is that this little boy is alive.Am so relieved.

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    TheguyNextdoor

    Sick.....hope those guys get what they deserve, that little 8 yr old is a trooper...... get well.

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    timorborder

    Wonderful stuff, NOT. The facts of this case have all the hallmarks of something that got really out of control. The rule of the mob. Something like "Lord of the Flies" does Japan.

    Anyway, the cops really need to go in hard on this one. The ringleaders (one would assume the teenagers) need to be banged up in detention for the foreseeable future. Making the experience as tough as possible would also be desirable. Being on the receiving end of some the less savory aspects of institutionalized life would probably do wonders for these youngsters.

    Furthermore, the legal system should not cut them any slack because of their age. A bit of biff down the park is one thing, however, burning people and breaking bones is wrong. Moreover, your average 10 year old knows that such actions are wrong. As such, I would hope that the court does not get into arguments about the age of legal responsibility. What these kids did was wrong, and they sure as hell know it.

    Finally, the victim (and his family) should launch civil proceedings against the "parents" of these little shxts (I use the term "parents" loosely) with the objectives being maximized financial compensation and maximum embarrassment for the perpetrators and their families. Why? Because nothing beats the court of public opinion here in Japan.

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    Klein2

    You know. Of course this is heinous, but in how many such cases are things just done for no reason at all? It is terrible to say, but I am a little relieved to read the kid was being punished for SOMETHING. Don't even start with the lectures about sadism, etc. I get it, I get it,... but still... Let's just say that sure, the kids had their violence dials turned up to 11, but they still appear to have an on and off switch. Maybe there is hope for them.

    Certainly a swirly would have sufficed.

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    kirakira25

    My first reaction was "what is wrong with these kids?" swiftly followed by "what is wrong with these parents?" If one of my children ever did something so horrific I would be so ashamed at my failure as a parent I think I would want to be locked up too.

    This is nothing short of torture and attempted murder and kids as young as 10 know exactly what they are doing. I really hope they don`t get to hide behind their "minor" status. Little b#$%"#&s deserve exactly what is coming to them.

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    DenDon

    their parents need a beating

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    gogogo

    Can't be arrested or charged they are underage, I don't know why reporting they were "arrested" helps anyone.

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    bgaudry

    This little boy is a legend for surviving this ordeal and I hope he learned a lesson about respecting the property crazy people.

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    n3312

    This is sad and disturbing. What kind of people will those kids grow up to be? What kind of parents do they have to be able to think of things like that?

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    dasyhard

    These teens are replicating violence of the Yakuza tactics and want to be known as such publicly. They probably have no discipline or love from their parents so they resort to being in gangs and acting like bullys. Once they are recognized to the Yakuzas for acting this way, they are hired as members if they can pass memnbership initiation tests.

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    fishy

    i heard that as the 8-year-boy was trying to climb up, those older boys yelled at him saying "do not come back!" and watched him stay in the water for awhile, making sure that he would not come back. the thoughts of IF it was winter time, or IF the boy had given up really scares me..

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    wontond

    I hope the parents of the older boys beat their ass.

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    WilliB

    Sick. Alas, nothing will happen to the perps, seeing that they are "youth", and untouchable by the law.

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    Yelnats

    This sounds like it should have occurred in Saitama. The parents of these kids should be locked up. Or give the little kid a big lit cigar, tie down the idiots and let him burn them up.

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    bobbafett

    If some punks did that to my kid they would be the ones in the ocean.

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    bgaudry

    bobbafett- and your son would grow up with a jailbird dad. Great solution.

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    dajtw

    Sad business, I deserted the UK (London) because of similar incidents happening frequently..... In the UK, there's far too many laws protecting underage perps...

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    corinnajune

    this is sad and scary on so many levels.

    kids just don't magically become violent and heartless- they usually treat others the ways they have been treated.

    it doesn't excuse what they've done, but maybe with some kind of help they could learn why they were so wrong and one day become compassionate human beings. one can hope, anyway.

    at least they were stopped well before they became the next Dnepropetrovsk maniacs.

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    niran

    The misbehaved kids showes there ,parents social and family backgrounds the panishment should directed to the parents.

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    bobbafett

    your son would grow up with a jailbird dad. Great solution.

    yeah, like I am stupid enough to walk down to the Koban, lay a complaint, do my thing, then go back and confess. I am not Japanese.

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    aj2o1

    It's a sick world like 'Clockward Orange.'

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    nemoflow

    Reminds me of a tamed down version of the Jamie Bulger case, in England in the early 90's.

    There was massive public uproar about that, at the time. I do not imagine anything like that to happen in Japan... because the public simply does not care.

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    onewrldoneppl

    **n3312 at 10:44 AM JST - 2nd October

    This is sad and disturbing. What kind of people will those kids grow up to be?**

    they will grow up to be inmates/cellmates. i hope they get what they deserve.

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    bgaudry

    yeah, like I am stupid enough to walk down to the Koban, lay a complaint, do my thing, then go back and confess. I am not Japanese.

    And will thus stick out like a sore thumb and be arrested within hours. Great thinking there Einstein!

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    stirfry

    pretty obvious what their punishment should be

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    bobbafett

    And will thus stick out like a sore thumb and be arrested within hours. Great thinking there Einstein!

    I would do time for my kid. I am not a coward. You have no balls.

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    Antonios_M

    That's so sick. I hope both them and their parents will get their punishment. I can't believe that 10 years old kids did this kind of things.

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    dolphingirl

    Sick and horrific! As other people have stated, it seems unlikely that these kids suddenly went pycho. Torturing the boy for an hour and then throwing him in the water to die: that's very very brutal. There must have been other events that led up to this. Maybe they had been bullying this poor boy before and no one did anything to stop them. What the heck causes young boys to do something so violent?! What the kind of parents do they have?! So disturbing. Thank goodness the boy survived.

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    ca1ic0cat

    I would do time for my kid. I am not a coward. You have no balls.

    With what these kids did they deserve some harsh jail time and the parents deserve a whopping big civil suit to drain their bank accounts.

    Your kid will probably get what he deserves. Some parents may not be cowards but they probably aren't thinking with their brains.

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    KitsuneYoukai

    The kid had some hard core survival instincts here. Hopefully, he will be able to get over this incident and succeed in life. Punish the punks is what I say!

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    usaexpat

    Monsters all of them bussing sociopaths. I say lock them up for a good long time preferrably in adult prison where they will be the weak ones.

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    bdiego

    Now that's a pretty ridiculous suggestion. Mote in the eye comparison

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    telecasterplayer

    I'd like to know where the suspects' parents' were.

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