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Japanese boy missing after parents leave him in forest

People riding horses search on Monday for a seven-year-old boy Yamato Tanooka, who went missing two days earlier, in Nanae town on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido, Japan.

People riding horses search on Monday for a seven-year-old boy Yamato Tanooka, who went missing two days earlier, in Nanae town on the northernmost Japanese main island of Hokkaido, Japan.  

The parents said they were punishing him for throwing rocks at people and cars while playing at a river earlier in the day,

A 7-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents made him get out of their car as punishment for misbehaving.

About 150 rescue workers searched Monday in a wooded area on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. The boy, identified as Yamato Tanooka, has been missing since late Saturday afternoon.

They were punishing him?

The parents told police that they were punishing the boy for throwing rocks at people and cars while playing at a river earlier in the day, according to Japanese media.

The boy’s father said in an interview with public broadcaster NHK and other TV stations that “I regret what I did to my child.” He said he initially did not tell police the truth because he found it embarrassing to ask for a massive search for what happened as a result of the punishment.

Police mulling charges against parents

Kyodo News service said police are determining whether the parents should be charged with child abandonment.

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