By Jackie Salo
May 26, 2021
-New York Post
A 76-year-old Japanese woman has been arrested after she asked cops what to do about her son’s rotting corpse, police said.
Toshiko Ujibe had called police Monday to the apartment she shared with her son in the Asaminami neighborhood of Hiroshima for assistance, Vice News reported.
When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a foul smell that turned out to be her 53-year-old son Kenji’s decaying remains, police said.
“When the police took in the body and conducted initial screenings, we found that her son likely died 10 or so days earlier, in mid-May,” police officer Hisaru Uemoto told the outlet.
His body was lying on a futon and he had suffered multiple cuts to his neck, cops said — although his cause of death is unclear.
Police haven’t released any further details about the circumstances surrounding the death pending the results of an autopsy.
Ujibe, meanwhile, was arrested on suspicion of violating a law prohibiting a person from damaging, abandoning or possessing a corpse, Vice reported.
“[Ujibe] seemed confused and didn’t know what to do, but we aren’t able to announce her motives in not reporting until we are able to confirm further details,” Uemoto told the outlet.