Oita woman confesses to lying about daughter’s abduction, burying body

Posted on February 7, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 Feb. 06, 2012 -OITA —

Police said Monday they have arrested a woman for abandoning a corpse after the partial remains of her baby were found in the woods near her house in Hijimachi, Oita Prefecture.

The case received a lot of publicity last September, when the woman—identified as Yuko Emoto—claimed that her 2-year-old daughter, Kotone, had been abducted from a parked car outside a supermarket. Emoto told police she had left her daughter in the child seat in back of her car while she went into the Marushoku Kawasaki supermarket. She said she had been gone about five minutes, and when she returned to the car, her daughter was missing.

Police launched a massive search for the girl, but to no avail.

Police said they asked Emoto to come to the police station for informal questioning over the incident on Sunday, at which time she confessed that the abduction story had been a lie and that she had actually buried the girl’s body in the mountains, Fuji TV reported.

After further questioning, Emoto took police to the forest around three kilometers from her home and assisted officers in the search for her daughter’s remains, a police spokesperson said. Some partial remains were found at around 2:40 p.m. Sunday, which police believe are likely to be those of Kotone, Fuji reported.

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