Japanese Boy Disappears After Parents Leave Him In The Forest As Punishment

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

About 150 rescue workers resumed searching Monday in a wooded area on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands. He has been missing since late Saturday afternoon.

Hokkaido police said the parents initially told the authorities that their son had disappeared while they were picking wild vegetables, but hour later admitted they had made him get out of the car "as discipline." Police said the father returned to the site a few minutes later but the boy was gone.

The parents told police that it was a punishment for him for throwing rocks while playing at a river earlier in the day, according to Japanese media.

Kyodo News say police are investigating whether the case is subject to child abandonment.