Japanese 'father' abandons surrogate babies

Japanese 'father' abandons surrogate babies

A 24-year-old Japanese man claimed to be the father of nine surrogate babies discovered in Bangkok, Mitsutoki Shigeta, fled Thailand early Thursday morning, immigration police confirmed on Friday

The scanned page of Mitsutoki Shigeta's passport as acquired upon his departure for Macau early Thursday

A source at the Immigration Bureau said that Mr Shigeta had passed through immigration at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport about 1am on Thursday and boarded Flight NX0879 of Air Macau at 2.55am for Macau.

The source also said the Japanese man had visited Thailand 65 times since 2012.

Police had tried to reach him to verify the claim that he is the biological father of nine surrogate babies, aged from two weeks to two years, found at rented rooms at The Niche ID Lat Phrao condominium on Lat Phrao 130 Road in Bang Kapi district, Bangkok, on Tuesday.

Police wanted DNA tests to verify the claim of fatherhood by his reputed Thai lawyer as the babies, six boys and three girls, reportedly look very different.

Authorities found the babies, along with seven nannies and a 20-year-old woman who is seven months pregnant, at the condominium. The woman was reported to have been hired as a surrogate mother.

The nannies reportedly received 10,000 baht each month to care the babies and the pregnant woman was promised at least 300,000 baht once she delivered the child.

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