Man Arrested for Making 11-Year Old Son Dishonestly Request Money from Strangers at Subway Station

Man Arrested for Making 11-Year Old Son Dishonestly Request Money from Strangers at Subway Station
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「100円でも」小5長男に物ごいさせた父逮捕
October 18, 2011

The Osaka Prefecture Suita City Police Department have arrested a 33-year old male construction worker from Ikeda City Furuē-machi on suspicion of violating child welfare laws by making his son, a fifth grader in elementary school, request money from strangers.

The man said his son was working alone and denied involvement.

According to the police report, at about 9:25 PM September 12, the man made his 11-year old son stand on the road near the Osaka Subway Midōsuji Line Esaka Station and ask for money with the words “Could you please lend me some money, even if it’s just 100 yen?” The boy is suspected of receiving 200 yen from a 31-year old female passerby.

According to the police, the boy, an eldest son, said “My father told me ‘tell people you’ve lost your wallet, and ask them for money.’ I did it 2-3 times a week throughout August. I gave all the money to my father,” who was in a car parked nearby.

Since August, nighttime commuters and taxi drivers have witnessed the boy repeatedly calling out to people near the station.

Original/原稿:
「100円でも」小5長男に物ごいさせた父逮捕

 11歳の長男に物ごいをさせていたとして、大阪府警吹田署は18日、同府池田市古江町の建設作業員の男(33)を児童福祉法違反容疑で逮捕した。

 男は「子どもが勝手にやったこと」と容疑を否認しているという。

 同署の発表では、男は9月12日午後9時25分頃、吹田市豊津町の大阪市営地下鉄御堂筋線江坂駅近くの路上で、小学5年の長男(11)に「100円でもいいので貸してもらえませんか」と物ごいさせ、通行人の女性(31)から200円を受け取らせた疑い。

 同署によると、長男は「お父さんから『財布を落としたと言えば、知らない人でもお金をくれる』と言われ、8月から週2、3回やった。お金はすべてお父さんに渡した」と話している。父親は近くに止めた車内にいたという。

 8月以降、同駅周辺では夜間に通行人や客待ちのタクシー運転手に次々と声をかける子どもの姿が目撃されていた。
(2011年10月18日19時16分 読売新聞)

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