Man arrested for leaving children in car, suspected of killing their mother

Posted on July 27, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

CRIME JUL. 20, 2013 – OITA —

Police in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, said Friday that a man who was arrested for abandoning his two young children in a car may have also murdered their mother.

According to police, the two children, a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, were found in a car parked outside a foster home on Thursday morning. NTV reported that the car’s owner, a 38-year-old woman, was missing and that the police questioned her partner Hiroshi Kawano, a 33-year-old occupation therapist and father of the two children. Kawano and the victim are not married, police said.

On Friday, Kawano admitted abandoning the two children in the car and said he had put their mother’s body in a suitcase and dumped it in the woods, according to the NTV report. Police found the body Friday morning, adding that it appeared she had been strangled to death.

NTV quoted police as saying that Kawano has hinted murdering the woman but is saying nothing else. Police said he has initially been charged with abandoning a body.

Japan Today

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