Boy found safe in woods after parents left him there for punishment

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Anyone following this? Crazy..

"A missing 7-year-old boy, who was left on a mountain roadside by his parents for misbehaving, was found unharmed after searchers spent nearly a week combing dense forest on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, officials said Friday. He was discovered in a hut at a military exercise ground about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the spot where he was left.

Takayuki Tanooka, the father of the boy, said he was "very sorry" for what happened to his son and regretted the punishment. "I told my son that I am sorry that I made him go through a very hard situation. He nodded to me," Tanooka said at a press conference after being reunited with his son.

Three soldiers from Japan's Self-Defense Forces found Yamato Tanooka on the premises of the military's Komagatake exercise field Friday morning, said Hiroki Komori, a spokesman for the Northern Army 11th Brigade.

The boy told them he was hungry. The soldiers gave him water and two rice balls, and said that the boy was fine and talking normally.

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Jun 2011
God Bless Texas
I hadn't heard about it. That's a strange and dangerous punishment.