The Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed on Wednesday that they had taken a married couple into custody on October 29th based on evidence that they had abandoned their newborn daughter in a public park. The incident took place in March of 2011, just after 32 year old Hideaki Tonuma and his 31 year old wife Chiemi had the baby in their apartment. But even more troubling is that police say the couple did the exact same thing with two previous children.
Fortunately, the baby girl from the 2011 abandonment was discovered on a park bench by a local, and quickly cared for. During police questioning, the parents admitted that left a baby girl in 2010, who has already been located and confirmed safe, and a boy in 2002, who the authorities are now searching for. The husband has tried to take sole responsibility for the latest abandonment, claiming that he made the decision and acted on his own, but the wife told officers that they had talked about it and made the choice together, believing they couldn’t afford to raise a child.
The parents were also revealed to have another son, 9, who taken into protective custody in 2004 due to concerns of physical abuse at home. The police were tipped off to the couple when a local child welfare center reported them in September this year, believing they had a child go missing over ten years ago. Investigator looked into the incidents of the two girls being abandoned in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, finding they were a DNA match. Using these results, there were able to identify the Tonumas as the parents.
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