A teen girl has been accused of dumping her infant’s remains inside a plastic bag and burying it in a field in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

The teen suspect, whose identity has been withheld because she is a minor, was arrested by officers in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on suspicion of abandoning the body of a baby on Saturday, July 2, after the infant’s remains were found inside a plastic bag buried in a field, Japan Today reported. 

The incident came to light after the property owner who was working in his field discovered the corpse buried in the ground at around 11:50 a.m. on Friday, July 1. Following the discovery, the officers received a tip-off from an anonymous source regarding the suspect and apprehended her.

When questioned by investigating officers, the teen suspect admitted to abandoning the body of her baby in May. The infant's gender could not be determined as the body was already at an advanced stage of decay when it was discovered. However, the officers stated that an autopsy will be undertaken to determine the infant's cause of death.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a 22-year-old unemployed woman has been arrested for corpse abandonment after she allegedly placed the body of her newborn baby son in a coin locker in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Latin Times reported. 

The gruesome discovery came to light after a station cleaning employee found the dead infant’s remains, with its umbilical cord still attached, in a cooler box inside a locker on the morning of June 7. When investigating officers checked station surveillance camera footage, it showed the accused mother, Ayano Koseki, an unemployed 22-year-old woman, of no fixed address, putting the cooler box in the locker.

Following this, the officers launched a manhunt for Koseki and she was detained after being found at a leisure facility in Sapporo on Thursday, June. 9. When the officers interrogated her, she told the authorities that she had come to Hokkaido from the Tohoku region earlier this year, knowing she was pregnant.

She admitted to placing the infant in the coin locker at JR Chitose Station on May 31 and added that she had been staying in internet cafes in Sapporo but had given birth in a room at a cheap hotel.

baby A teen girl has been accused of dumping her infant’s remains inside a plastic bag and burying it in a field in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. This is a representational image. Hu Chen/Unsplash