Osaka woman confesses to keeping 4 dead babies

Osaka woman confesses to keeping 4 dead babies

TOKYO: A 53-year-old woman has confessed to police she had been keeping the dead bodies of four babies she gave birth to over 5 years in concrete filled buckets at her home.

Mayumi Saito turned herself in on Monday and police found four concrete-filled buckets in a closet in her condominium in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture. 

Imaging analysis confirmed that all the buckets contain human bones, apparently those of babies.

Investigation sources believe the four babies were born to Ms Saito and a single partner. They will conduct autopsies while looking into the circumstances of the babies’ deaths.

The statute of limitations for abandoning a body is three years, but Ms Saito was arrested for taking the body of one of the babies from a different location to her condominium, which she moved into in 2015, police said.

She told police she dumped the dead babies in buckets between 1992 and 1997, saying she did not have money to raise them.

She also said she felt guilty about abandoning the infants over the years, but had no one she could talk to about it, according to the police.