Osaka prefectural police on Tuesday arrested a 53-year-old woman in Neyagawa City on suspicion of abandoning bodies after she confessed to placing four newborn babies in buckets of concrete between between 1992 and 1997.
According to police, Mayumi Saito, a part-time employee, has confessed to the crime and quoted her as saying she disposed of her newborn babies because she was worried she didn’t have enough money to raise children, Fuji TV reported. Police did not say whether Saito is suspected of killing the babies or whether they were stillborn.
According to police reports, Saito relocated to another apartment in Neyagawa in the summer of 2015, and brought the buckets with her.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m., Saito went to a koban (police box) and confessed what she had done. Police went to her apartment and found four buckets packed with concrete inside a large cardboard box placed in a closet. An image analysis confirmed that buckets contained human bones.
Police said Saito, who lives with her son, also told them she had been bothered for a long time by what she had done but did not have anyone she could talk to about it. She said the father of all four children was the same man but she never told him about the babies.