Woman arrested for throwing newborn baby daughter's body into irrigation channel

OSAKA —

A 28-year-old woman in Osaka has been arrested for illegally disposing of the body of her newborn daughter last October, police said Friday.

The woman, who has been named as Tomoko Takiguchi, is accused of disposing of the body of her daughter shortly after birth, NTV reported. According to police, the body of a month-old baby girl was found in an irrigation channel near Takiguchi’s former Kashiwara home last Oct 13. An autopsy revealed that the child had died of suffocation. DNA tests later showed the child to be Takiguchi’s daughter.

According to neighbors, Takiguchi appeared to be pregnant in August of last year, but was not seen in public with the child after giving birth, NTV reported. Takiguchi was arrested on Thursday and questioned by police about the circumstances in which her daughter died.

Police were quoted by local media as saying that Takiguchi denies disposing of her daughter’s body, telling investigators that she nursed her daughter for a week and then the child was kidnapped. Police said no kidnapping was reported.

Japan Today

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    The child was kidnapped? If you have the guts to kill your baby you should have the guts to own up to it!

  • 5

    Mirai Hayashi

    Kidnapped? No police report indicating so?...yeah right! Disgusting cowardly woman won't even admit it...life in prison at least!

  • 3

    MarkG

    What a waste of life! One taken, one wasted, and many more impacted. So sad.....

  • 2

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Tomoko Takiguchi, is accused of disposing of the body of her daughter shortly after birth *. According to police, the body of a month-old baby girl was found in an irrigation channe* Did I miss something ? Was the baby newborn or a month old ?

    I hope she's given a cell and sterilization.

  • 7

    wontond

    Baby Hatch, if you don't want your baby, please use a baby hatch.

  • 3

    ChibaChick

    I just dont understand these women. You dont want the baby? Why cant you just leave it somewhere safe? How can they justify killing their own child? And a newborn? Suffocated and throw into an irrigation canal? Youd have to have no soul whatsoever to be able to do that.

  • -2

    humanrights

    this is 'again', a 'crime' created because the Gov refuses to provide a way out' for people with either mental difficulties, depression or simply lack of care from family members. In addition, no adequate welfare for those in need. Once again, they will pass the responsibility and jail the mother while the real tragedy lies in the 'community's insensitivity and Taboos towards those who 'don't conform to the 'JPs' way of life or deviate from the so called 'Norm'.

  • 2

    Yubaru

    Police were quoted by local media as saying that Takiguchi denies disposing of her daughter’s body, telling investigators that she nursed her daughter for a week and then the child was kidnapped. Police said no kidnapping was reported.

    And after a week of nursing you didnt happen to consider contacting the police to tell them your baby was missing? Sounds more like an excuse a teenager would use in JHS, expecting everyone to believe her.

  • 5

    Yubaru

    this is 'again', a 'crime' created because the Gov refuses to provide a way out' for people with either mental difficulties, depression or simply lack of care from family members. In addition, no adequate welfare for those in need. Once again, they will pass the responsibility and jail the mother while the real tragedy lies in the 'community's insensitivity and Taboos towards those who 'don't conform to the 'JPs' way of life or deviate from the so called 'Norm'.

    Wrong, this is a crime of a woman killing her child.

    There is assistance available for people seeking help. If she went to an OB/GYN for periodic checkups/prenatal care she would have been given information that could have helped.

    My wife received counselling information prior to and after the births of two of our children here from two different hospitals that we used when they were born and after in post birth care as well.

    I take it that it is safe to assume that YOU personally assist and take care of the people in YOUR community who need assistance from the tone of your comment here, otherwise how could anyone make an assumption that the "community" is responsible for the death of this child? Share with us all please your experiences with assisting pregnant women, or people who need mental health care. It could be very enlightening.

    What she did was wrong 100%, but to lay the blame in her neighbors and the government for her crime is wrong as well. Help is available to those that need and want it.

  • 2

    BigdaddyJ

    Such cruelty. Glad to know Japan is not afraid of the death penalty. Should use it on those who harm children.

  • -2

    tmarie

    Why is she not accused of murder??

  • -1

    avigator

    I wonder if the mental hospital is outdoors like the smoking room should be. As long as Japanese do not want to accept the need for mental health treatment, these things will keep happening. If these children grown up with no beliefs and conscience, the sky is the limit to what they will do.

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    That's four this week so far. The mother-of-the-year candidates seem to be gunning for the newer 'mother-of-the-day' award. These people are sick, and they need to be put away for a long, long time. Or at the very least, throw her into a mental asylum and lock the door. See if she finds it as inconvenient as having a baby.

  • -4

    FPSRussia

    @tmarie She hasn't been accused of murder because she's a Japanese woman. Therefore cannot be prosecuted under the law. Women are exempt from most crimes here.

    • Moderator

      Please refrain from posting rubbish like this. She has not been charged with murder because it has to be proved that she murdered the child. At this stage, all she can be charged with is abandoning a body.

  • 0

    Yubaru

    @tmarie She hasn't been accused of murder because she's a Japanese woman. Therefore cannot be prosecuted under the law. Women are exempt from most crimes here.

    Which explains that out of something like 6% of all people held in confinement in Japanese prisons are female right?

    Give the cops a chance to do their jobs, they will charge her with something if it's proven that she did in fact do what the article is claiming she did.

    Too many people here play judge and jury and convict people before they are even brought to trial.

  • 0

    Akiyama562

    Someone needs to teach this woman a lesson in the value of human life, truly a cruel act on a innocent newborn. Rest in peace....

  • 0

    602miko

    ohh girl u tell lie, after u throw your baby what more to expect from u? hope ur conscience disturbed u forever!

  • -1

    cramp

    we'll never know if indeed it was stillbirth or after the fact...sentence prolly much less for dumping..

    oh wait, its not much either way over there

  • 1

    Cos

    Again ! That's becoming so frequent. We should open centers for women that practice the " akachan poistute " .

    we'll never know if indeed it was stillbirth

    Autopsy showed it lived long enough to suffocate.

  • 0

    Lowly

    There is sudden infant death syndrome, called sids?, and also easy to suffocate for a little body in a bed with blankets (same thing as sids? dont know)

    My first thot was the mom doesn't know about this, felt responsible, worried she would be not trusted by ppl and falsely accused of murder of her own kid, and so disposed of the body, pretending kidnapping.

    I do believe that sids and child suffocation in jpn is not very publicly known or accepted hear.

    Course, dont know... could be murder...

  • -2

    whosthetyrant

    She killed her treasure. They do it by the millions in the US

  • 0

    Cindy Uda

    Such a heartless person if she didnt want it in the first place why keep her for 9 months and suffer the pain of giving birth, abortion is legal here in jApan, im not saying its ok to do abortion but its less painful for the baby.

    Breaks my heart reading this kind of stories, people now a days doesnt seem to be responsible with their actions.

  • -1

    Cortes Elijah

    Sick just sick. Abandoning your baby? She probably squeezed the last of its life out of it then panicked and threw it into the irrigation. I hope they find her guilty and give her the death sentence!

  • 1

    keika1628

    Could be accidental suffocation or SIDS and the woman in a panic abandoned the little one.

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