No criminal charges against Japanese couple for leaving son in forest

No criminal charges against Japanese couple for leaving son in forest

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-07 13:40 Tokyo: The Japanese couple, who abandoned their seven-year-old son in a forest as a punishment, will not face any charges. "We plan not to regard it as a criminal case," The Guardian quoted a Hokkaido police officer as saying. Yamato Tanooka, who survived for six nights alone, was deserted by his parents in Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido to teach him a lesson for throwing stones at the people. The couple left Yamato by the side of the road and when they returned shortly later to pick him up, he had disappeared. Takayuki Tanooka, the child's father, had initially told the police that they were separated from the kid while he was foraging for edible plants along with his wife and daughter. He, however, confessed hours later that he had in fact made Yamato get out of the family car and left him briefly by the roadside in an attempt to discipline him after he was throwing stones at the people earlier that particular day. Toru Numata, a lawyer who handles abuse and domestic violence cases, said the chances of making this matter a prosecutable one are extremely slim considering the factors behind the case. The lawyer added the focus is likely to shift to the boy's mental care, focusing on possible trauma from the ordeal. The boy was discovered mildly dehydrated last Friday by a soldier, sheltering in a hut on a military drill field around five kms from where he was abandoned.(ANI)