Mother who left dead baby in train station locker gets suspended sentence

Posted on January 8, 2019. Filed under: Child Custody and Visitation |

A 35-year-old woman who left the corpse of her newborn daughter in a coin locker in August has been given a suspended sentence by the Saitama District Court.

Kaori Horiguchi was found guilty of abandoning the stillborn body of her daughter in a coin locker at Kita-Sakado Station on the Tobu Tojo Line in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. She was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for three years.

The court heard that a security guard reported to police at around 3 p.m. on Aug 29 that a foul smell was emanating from one of the coin lockers at the station. Police opened the locker and found the naked body of the infant inside a shoulder bag. An autopsy showed that a few days had passed since she died. No visible injuries were present on the body.

In handing down his sentence, Judge Toshikazu Ishii ruled that Horiguchi was “selfish and irresponsible” to abandon her deceased infant inside a coin locker. On the other hand, he pointed out, “It is obvious that [the mother] carried out her crime after being driven to an unstable psychological state.” Because she showed remorse during her trial, the judge deemed the suspended sentence as reasonable.

© Japan Today

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