Man arrested after son’s skeletal remains found in apartmentMAY. 31, 2014 – KANAGAWA —
Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a man after the skeletal remains of a young boy were found in his apartment on Friday.
According to police, the remains of the child were found at around 3:15 p.m. inside the apartment. TBS quoted police as saying that the remains were that of a young boy who apparently died about seven years ago when he was five.
In April, when the boy failed to show up at the start of school—where he had been enrolled several years ago—school officials notified a child welfare center which, in turn, contacted police on May 22.
Police went to the apartment and found the mail had been piled up but were unable to contact the boy’s father, truck driver Yukihiro Saito, 36, until May 30. Saito lives in a different apartment. However, he accompanied police to the apartment where the remains of his son (given to the school as the boy’s address) and officers discovered the boy’s remains.
Based on on-site analysis of the body, police said the boy had been dead for a long time. The apartment also showed signs of not having been in use for a long time.
Saito—who is divorced from the boy’s mother—was arrested after he admitted letting his son die due to starvation in the fall of 2006, TBS reported. Saito told police he moved out of the apartment shortly after.
Meanwhile, the Kanagawa Board of Education told a news conference on Saturday that the elementary school where the boy had been enrolled tried to make contact with his family after he did not come to school in 2007, NHK reported. Officials visited the apartment several times but there was no answer and the school assumed the family had moved away and delisted the boy.