An assistant village head in Southern Thailand allegedly killed his two year old daughter after he fired a shot at his wife, but the bullet missed and hit the child. Reports say he then turned the gun to his head and shot himself. Reports say the man was drunk and lashed out at his wife’s birthday party in Nakhon Si Thammarat just after midnight on Wednesday.
Officers were called to the family’s home at around 12:30am. The body of two years old Nichaphat Chorncharas was found in a pool of blood in the second floor bedroom. Her 27 year old mother was crying beside her daughter’s body. The father, 31 year old Chaowarin Chorncharas, was still alive, but severely injured from a bullet wound in his head.
Authorities saw the mother bleeding from one of her ears, but stated it was not from a gunshot wound and given first aid before being transferred to Maharat Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital with her severely injured spouse.
A 9mm pistol with six cartridges was seized by police, and three spent cartridge shells, one discharged bullet were found at the scene. They were at the house of his wife’s grandmother on the night of the incident, when his wife had organised a birthday party, and Chaowarin had been seen drinking with relatives since 8pm.
Late at night, his daughter asked for his phone so she could play games on it before going to bed, but he didn’t find it. Then his wife told him that he drank too much alcohol, and the couple began to argue.
Chaowarin later allegedly stormed into his wife’s bedroom and fired a shot, but missed. He then saw his small daughter dead with a bullet wound and shot himself in the head, according to the 77 year old grandmother.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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