Teen to be sent to center for abandoning mother’s body

Kyodo

The Nagoya Family Court decided Wednesday that a 13-year-old Aichi Prefecture boy who helped the alleged killer of his mother to abandon her body be sent to a child consultation center.

The son of Yoshimi Kato will be treated for mental health-related problems at the center, a punishment allowed under the Child Welfare Law.

In explaining why the court did not impose heavier punishment, Judge Hideo Niwa said, “He is very unfortunate because he had been forced to grow up in a frequently changing family environment.”

Niwa said the boy did not understand the seriousness of his action when he followed the orders of Yoshiki Harada, a 37-year-old office worker who has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Kato and abandoning her body. Harada had been living with Kato.