A Mother Let Her Children Starving To Die

According to a 2013 Japan Today report in 2013, a 25-year-old woman allegedly left her two young children in a house surrounded by rubbish, starving to death.

Sanae Shimomura, left her daughters, Sakurako Hagi, 3, and Kaede, 1, in a locked house in western Osaka, while spending time at her boyfriend's house.

Sanae is a sex worker in a boarding house with no nursery and often stays at her boyfriend's homes.


Sanae left her two children alone since March 2010. In June of the same year, Sanae is said to have not been home for a long time. However, a month later when Sanae returned home, she found that her two children had passed away.

An autopsy report revealed that the deceased's brother died from starvation, but the exact cause of death remains uncertain.

Phunu Online, a neighbor who had been near by, heard two sisters crying. But he never tried to enter the house or report it to the police.


The apartment had only one room and the bodies of Sakurako and Kaede were found in the middle of the room in an open position.

Police have found the bodies of Sakurako Hagi and Kaede in an uncluttered and rotting corpse, believed to have died a month or two ago. While investigating the incident, according to an investigating officer

"It's the worst crime scene I've seen in my career as a police officer for 30 years. It's filled with empty cups of ramen, boxed juice cartons, and snack wrapper.


According to an unidentified neighbor, he reported the incident to the welfare state three times, as they cried almost every night.

The first telephone call was made at 9am, March 30, 2010 in which the neighbor informed the two children shouting, “Mama! Mom! ”Until late at night.

Two welfare officials visited the house at 3pm on the day of the report, at 10am the next day on April 1 and at 6pm on April 2. However, there was no response from the homeowner.

The neighbor again contacted the charity for the second time at 7am on April 8. But when the welfare officer arrived at the house at 2pm and the next day, the results were still the same, no response was given.

The third report was made at 5.30am, May 18, 2010. Another welfare officer came to visit at 3pm. But the results are still the same.

According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Welfare in the country, its officers must ensure that the reported child is safe within 48 hours of receiving a complaint.

However, the welfare officer failed to find access to the residence. They were also unable to contact relatives of their occupants because they did not know who lived in the house. As a result, no police reports have been made.

According to a media statement, the situation at the time did not appear to be an important case as there were no screams for help and no reports of child abuse. In fact, the officer did not interrogate nearby neighbors because he feared it would worsen relations.

According to the complainant, the unfortunate child had stopped crying for almost a month before neighbors next door smelled the odor that came from their home in July. Some experts believe that if a welfare officer acts quickly, the lives of both victims may be saved.

Under the law, the welfare authority can obtain a warrant to enter the home without the consent of the owner to protect the child who has been abused.


Following the incident, Sanae Shimomura was arrested in June 2010 after his friend was contacted by the keeper of the apartment in connection with the discovery of the two bodies.

Sanae was charged with intentionally leaving her two children without food until both victims died of starvation.

When arrested, Sanae said, “I thought they would die after being left for a week. I don't think I should have gone home to save them, " She said. Sanae was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


Recalling the beginning of the story, in December 2006, Sanae Shimomura, a 19-year-old Japanese girl, married a 23-year-old man in her hometown, Yokkaichi, Mie province.

Sanae was just finishing school. In 2007, six months after her marriage, Sanae gave birth to a baby girl named Sakurako Hagi. She wrote on her blog:

With the birth of this little life, I realize that I am no longer alone.

In another blog post, Sanae writes:

"I never thought my own child would be this cute."

When Sakurako fell ill and had a fever for three days, Sanae wrote a recent blog post:

"She has recovered and is now throwing things all over the room. I am happier than when she was sick."

Over time, however, Sanae's commitment to the responsibility of managing children has diminished. A friend recalls:

Over time, she often left her children to enjoy the outdoors at night.

Her son Kaede Hagi, was born in October 2008. In May 2009, Sanae and her husband divorced because she was suspected of cheating by her husband. And it wasn't the first time her husband had found Sanae cheating.

Sanae and her ex-husband then fought over their children's rights, but Sanae won and got her children's custody order.

She started working as a waitress in Nagoya, providing a nursery to look after the children of workers.

A colleague of Sanae said:

"At that time she divided the time between work and the responsibility of caring for her child. She set an example and example to other workers!

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