Infant’s body with umbilical cord attached found in bag in Tokyo

TOKYO —

The body of a newborn boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found in a bag in a parking lot in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area, police said Thursday.

According to police, a male passerby found the bag at around 6:35 p.m. Wednesday in a garbage can beside a vending machine in a parking lot in the Kabukicho red-light district. The baby was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later. An autopsy will be held to determine the exact cause of death.

Police said they are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and find out who abandoned the baby.

The parking lot is about 150 meters southwest of Higashi-Shinjuku Station on the Toei Oedo subway line. The street is known for its love hotels.

Japan Today

  • 1

    HaiDesu

    This is so sad :(. Poor child. Best case scenario, he was stillborn and the mother was too immature to know what to do. I pray the child was not killed.

  • 2

    Yubaru

    This is so sad....never a chance, the government is to blame for this! Social services focused on the elderly and not enough on people who really need the help! Like the person who felt the need to abandon this poor baby!

    The street is known for its love hotels.

    So? The inference being what here?

  • 4

    backscratcher

    Social services focused on the elderly and not enough on people who really need the help!

    This is not really a fair comment. There are plenty of elderly in need in this country. Social services need to be revamped full stop in my opinion.

  • 3

    gogogo

    baby hatch people! need more education... poor little baby

  • 1

    pudus

    "The street is known for its love hotels."

    One may ask could the baby be conceived through the infamous kabukicho love hotel facilities, and dropped off to remove an unwanted outcome in the locale of its conception. Or from a working gal who did not want a mistake byproduct. Or an inconceivable relationship gone bad.

  • 2

    GW

    I hate these stories!

  • -3

    sensei258

    the government is to blame for this

    Wrong! A cold-hearted woman dumped her baby in the trash because she couldn't be bothered. Don't give me that sympathy BS, she could have had him adopted if she didn't want to keep him. I hope she's haunted by his ghost for the rest of her life, and he drags her kicking and screaming into the afterlife.

  • 4

    gokai_wo_maneku

    We need a baby hatch in Shinjuku (and everywhere), and let women know that their babies will be taken care of.

  • 0

    Daniel Naumoff

    The government can be blamed for not taking any action towards rapidly degrading moral values of upcoming generations. The person who did this can not be considered a human being. Maybe it does not understand what ethics is and what significance it had for it's ancestors? The only one who can ENFORCE a change for such borderless beings is the government. Anything else at this point is futile.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Hope they find who did it and give them life in prison. The irony is that if there were not so much pressure to NOT give up babies for adoption, and cameras on the few baby hatches the nation has, the person who abandoned the baby MIGHT not have committed murder after all. Now because of said cameras and the pressure others put on people who want to give babies up, this person may well have been pushed to do just that... like this.

  • -1

    Tony Alderman

    the government is to blame for this!

    Said like a true liberal!

  • 0

    tmarie

    I can't even imagine doing this is a still born mouse let alone a baby who might have been alive. I feel sorry for the poor man that found the baby. RIP baby. You didn't deserve to be thrown out like garbage.

  • 0

    Disillusioned

    But, there is a bright side to this article. It's the first incident of this kind for a few months. That's a good thing, I suppose.

  • -6

    Tahoochi

    More education please... why don't these girls believe in contraceptives? Pregnancy, STD's...

    I see the regular group of posters as always are jumping to the conclusion that the mother killed the baby. I know that abandoning a still-born is irresponsible, but not the same as killing a new-born. Point being, no one knows what really happened.

  • -3

    sensei258

    I see the regular group of posters as always are jumping to the conclusion that the mother killed the baby. I know that abandoning a still-born is irresponsible, but not the same as killing a new-born.

    Wrong, when a person acts with "reckless disregard" (like throwing a newborn out in the trash, and don't give me that "maybe it was stillborn" crap.) and that action results in a death, then it IS murder.

  • -1

    Tahoochi

    sensei258FEB. 17, 2017 - 06:29AM JST

    Wrong, when a person acts with "reckless disregard" (like throwing a newborn out in the trash, and don't give me that "maybe it was stillborn" crap.) and that action results in a death, then it IS murder.

    I absolutely agree... but where in the article does it say that the act of throwing this newborn in the trash resulted in death?

  • 0

    tmarie

    More education please... why don't these girls believe in contraceptives?

    How about your educate yourself first? It takes a female AND a male to make a baby. There is contraceptive available for men if you didn't know.

  • -3

    Yubaru

    This is not really a fair comment. There are plenty of elderly in need in this country. Social services need to be revamped full stop in my opinion.

    Actually it is very fair, the government focus for years has been on the elderly. Look at all the problems with lack of daycare and a host of other child-raising issues.

    "Revamped full stop"....just what does that mean? Oh and I never suggested that the elderly are not in need, but when your future depends upon the children, assistance needs to be balanced out.

    Said like a true liberal!

    I guess you haven't seen me post too much here, I am the farthest thing from a "liberal" yet I am not a "pure" conservative either. I pick my issues and depending upon how I think about an individual issue I go both ways either ultra-liberal or ultra-conservative, but mostly I am directly in the middle.

  • 0

    Aly Rustom

    "I hate these stories!

    My whole day is messed up now after reading this. I've got tears. I don't know what to say. when I go home I'm going to hug my boy while thinking about this little one. I will not forget him. 10 years from now I still will make an effort to remember February 17. Damn it. My whole day is ruined."

  • 0

    sir_bentley28

    Time to turn to those surveilance cameras, boys! We got another nutter on the loose!

  • 1

    Tahoochi

    tmarieFEB. 17, 2017 - 09:47AM JST

    How about your educate yourself first? It takes a female AND a male to make a baby. There is contraceptive available for men if you didn't know.

    You're absolutely right, in the case of your average girl and boy relationship. But you have to admit that some cases of unwanted pregnancies (I'm assuming this was an unwanted pregnancy because she didn't go to the hospital) are related to "Escort girls" or "Massage girls", in which case, a condom would be a must-have item for the girls to carry, not that it's the girls' sole responsibility, but that it's a professional obligation, just in case the male client does not provide a suitable contraceptive.

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