Japanese Boy Disappears After Parents Leave Him in Forest

TOKYO (AP) -
Rescuers search for a 7-year-old boy who is missing in a Japanese forest in Nanae town, on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands Monday, May 30, 2016. He has been missing since late Saturday afternoon after his parents reportedly made him get out of the car as punishment. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Rescuers search for a 7-year-old boy who is missing in a Japanese forest in Nanae town, on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, on Monday. (Kyodo News via AP)

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.