Mother of baby slain by intruder takes own life


The mother of a newborn baby reportedly slain during a robbery last week at their home in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, apparently took her own life Wednesday by throwing herself from a pedestrian overpass, police said.

Izumi Yamanaka, 22, was found on a street in Osaka at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and confirmed dead shortly afterward.

The police believe she intentionally jumped. She was then run over by a car.

Yamanaka’s jacket, one of her shoes and her umbrella were found on the overpass.

A note found at the home of a relative, apparently written by her, read, “I feel lonely,” according to the police. Yamanaka was staying at the relative’s home and was last seen there at around 2 a.m., they said.

Her baby boy, Reiya, who was just 18 days old, was killed Jan. 16.

Yamanaka told the police that a burglar broke into their home and sealed the baby’s mouth and nose with adhesive tape to stop him from crying.

She said the man also used the tape to tie her to a refrigerator before making off with ¥50,000 in cash — a gift celebrating the birth of the baby.

Yamanaka’s 48-year-old mother called the police after she returned home from work.

The baby was taken to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Yamanaka lived with her baby, her mother and a 19-year-old sister. She was reportedly planning to marry the baby’s father, a 21-year-old university student, this spring.

The police interviewed Yamanaka about the incident Monday, but she fell sick. They said they were planning to resume the interview Wednesday.