A young Japanese woman treated the remains of her dead child the way most people treat garbage, the Crown charged Wednesday at Narumi Bitos trial in B.C. Supreme Court.
Bito, 21, who came to Canada last July to enrol in an international studies course at the University of Victoria, is charged with disposing of the body of her dead child and concealing the fact she had delivered the infant on Sept. 17, 2010. She is also charged with offering an indignity to human remains.
Bito testified that she placed the baby and placenta in a plastic bag and took it to her room because she wanted to be with the baby.
I suggest if your motivation was to stay with the baby, you would not have left the remains behind the chair in such an undignified manner, Crown prosecutor Dan Scanlan said during cross-examination.
I wanted to stay together, Bito said mournfully.
I suggest you treated the remains of the child in the same way in which garbage is commonly treated, Scanlan persisted.
No, Bito whimpered.
You put garbage in plastic bags, dont you?
I suggest you were hiding those remains until you could come up with a way of disposing of them without being discovered.
Bito said was no smell coming from the babys remains 10 days after the birth.
Scanlan suggested Bito was not telling the truth.
Bito shook her head. I did not smell an odour, she testified.
The prosecutor suggested that after the baby was born, Bito was anxious to continue with her life by buying a computer, skyping friends and going back to school.
Scanlan also questioned Bitos account of delivering the baby head down into the toilet.
On Tuesday, Bito testified that she remained sitting on the toilet as she searched near the sink for a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord.
Scanlan asked her to look at photographs of the bathroom. He suggested Bito would have had to stand and walk a few steps to reach the sink.
Bito testified she was half-standing when she searched near the sink.
Well if you were half-standing you could have got the baby out of the toilet, said Scanlan.
Bito replied she could not support herself because there was nothing to hold on to.
I suggest youre not telling the truth when you say you looked for scissors in that area, said Scanlan. I suggest you could have taken the baby from the toilet.
In my half-sitting position, I might be able to, she replied.
And you didnt try, did you?
I think I judged there was a question between me and the baby and its the cord, said Bito.
Also on Tuesday, Bito testified that she placed the baby on the floor to the right side of the toilet.
Scanlan observed that if that had happened, her homestay host, Gayle Floyd, would have seen the baby when she came into the bathroom to shower. He suggested Bito moved the baby so Floyd wouldnt see it.
Although Bito originally testified she didnt know she was pregnant until the babys head popped out, under cross-examination she admitted that she knew by September she was pregnant but thought the baby was due in October.
Scanlan also suggested Bito cleaned the bathroom floor because she didnt want Floyd to know shed given birth to a dead child in her bathroom.
Bito repeated several times she cleaned up because she didnt want to worry Floyd, who has present throughout the trial.
But she was worried when she saw the blood, said Scanlan.
I didnt want to worry her even further, Bito replied.
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