Source: The Japan TimesSearch continues for boy after parents left him in Hokkaido mountains as punishment
The search continued Monday for a 7-year-old boy after his parents admitted to leaving him in the mountains as punishment and that he did not get lost during a hike as they first claimed, police said.
About 130 rescuers and police officers searched for a third day in mountains in Nanae, Hokkaido, after Yamato Tanooka went missing Saturday, a police spokesman said.
His parents originally told the police that he got lost while the family was walking in the area to pick wild vegetables.
The boy’s 44-year-old father, Takayuki Tanooka, eventually told the police they left the boy in the mountains on the way home from a park after scolding him for throwing stones at cars on a nearby road.
SO OKAY, the kid was dumb, he shouldn't have been throwing rocks I agree, the child should have been punished and told by his parents in a safe environment why not and in said safe environment be punished but to leave the child in a forest, drive away and then come back is just ridiculous. I really hope this child is found and I hope that these parents feel VERY guilty for this. To make matters worse the dad knew what he had done was wrong as:
That is a pure admission of guilt and that he knows for a fact he has fucked up. Big time. I am sorry if I sound cold here but what were they thinking? It is one thing to walk away slowly from a crying child whilst watching them and saying you are leaving them but always watching them but to physically leave the are in a car? In a forest? Woah.The father told a TV Asahi reporter that he when he initially asked the police to search for the boy, he could not bring himself to tell them what really happened.