Osaka child abandonment case

The Osaka child abandonment case was a case of child abandonment involving two abandoned children in Osaka, Japan. It occurred in late June 2010 when Sanae Shimomura, a 23-year-old Japanese single mother in Osaka, sealed the door of her apartment shut, abandoning 3-year-old daughter Sakurako Hagi and 1-year-old son Kaede Hagi inside. Neighbors heard the children crying over many weeks until it suddenly subsided, but did not think anything more of this than simply children in a bad childhood phase. Since Shimomura did not come to work for several days, a colleague went to her place and noticed a strange smell beyond the door. When the police entered the apartment, they found the two children dead.[1] Social workers had attempted to stop by the apartment several times over the course of the children's confinement, but never found anyone home. The apartment was in a lively, populated area, but nobody knew that the children were confined.

Shimamura was arrested on 30 July 2010.[1] She was reported to have wanted free time for herself and was quoted as saying that she had grown "tired of feeding and bathing" her two children.[1] She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murders. As of 2021, Shimamura remains imprisoned.

See alsoEdit


  • "Mom: no remorse for kids' deaths". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  • "Mother of 2 kids who were found decomposed called friend for advice". The Mainichi Daily News. Japan: The Mainichi Daily Newspapers. 1 August 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  • "Neighbor reported children's cries". Asahi Shimbun. Japan. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  1. ^ a b c "Mom held after children found 'starved to deaths' in Osaka flat". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.