• Kyodo


A 37-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to leaving the body of her 2-year-old daughter in a cooler for eight months.

Prosecutors said she hid the body after finding the girl, one of her 11 children, dead sometime around last June 20 in the apartment building in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, where the family lived.

After wrapping the body in a blanket and other material, and keeping it in a closet for a couple of weeks, she moved it to a cooler which she sealed, wrapped with plastic bags and left on the balcony, according to the indictment.

She entered the guilty plea during the first hearing of her trial at the Nagoya District Court.

Her name is being withheld because some of her other children, all minors, may have been involved in the death.

Her husband, a truck driver, was working when the girl was found dead, according to prosecutors.

The family lived in two apartments in a five-story dormitory of the husband’s company.

In addition to charging the mother, prosecutors sent one of the couple’s four sons, aged 15, to a family court on suspicion of helping the mother hide the girl’s body.

The dead girl was the sixth of seven daughters.

Prosecutors said some of the other children may have been involved in physical abuse that could have caused the girl’s death.

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of death — to find out whether some other charges could be filed against the mother and her children — because the body was decomposed.

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