Juvenile court releases Nong Tor’s mother on bail for 9,000 baht


A juvenile court in central Thailand released “Nim”, the 17 year old mother of missing baby Nong Tor, on bail for 9,000 baht yesterday after she confessed to dumping the body of her eight month old son in the Tha Chin River on February 5.

Police interrogated Nim for more than six hours before charging her on three counts: negligence causing death, disguising a dead body and giving false statements to officials.

Upon being charged, Nim was taken to Nakhon Pathom Juvenile and Family Court, where she was granted bail for 9,000 baht.

Nim’s father submitted the money and Nim was released. She will stay with her parents while the trial continues.

Yesterday, police searched for Nong Tor’s body in the area of Khlong Tor, a canal in Hin Moon subdistrict connecting to the Tha Chin River, where Nim said she dumped Nong Tor more than three weeks ago.

The police did not find the baby boy’s body or any additional clues yesterday. Their search continues today.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mother of missing baby ‘Nong Tor’ confesses

The mother of the eight month old baby who went missing from Nakhon Phatom province in central Thailand on February 5 has confessed to dumping her son’s body in the Tha Chin river, reported Deputy National Police Chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn this morning.

According to Thai Rath, the baby’s 17 year old mother “Nim” confessed to the police that Nong Tor slipped from her hands after she bathed him and hit the ground. Nim said that Nong Tor had seizures and died, so she took his body and left him in a bamboo thicket along the Tha Chin River.

However, KhaoSod reports that Nim told the police that Nong Tor woke up with a fever at 3am and wouldn’t stop crying. Nim said she shook Nong Tor and he slipped from her hands and fell, causing him to have seizures and die. KhaoSod reports that Nim said she took Nong Tor’s body to the river and dumped him in the water.

Nim has been taken for further interrogation today at the Provincial Police Region 7 in central Thailand.

On February 5, Nong Tor’s 19 year old father Sitthichoke “Phut” Saengsawang and 17 year old mother Philaiporn “Nim” Korcharoen, told police that their son went missing from their home in Bang Lane district in Nakhon Pathom Province, central Thailand, at around 7.30am.

Police grew suspicious that Phut and Nim were lying when their story kept changing. At first, Nim said she felt someone take Nong Tor away from her in the night.

Then, Nim said she saw a man in a yellow shirt enter her home and take the baby away, but later admitted that she lied about it.

The case grew more complicated when 19 year old Phut was charged with pimping out Nim after Nong Tor’s biological father was found to be a 55 year old man named Jae.

Nong Tor’s biological father Jae was charged with statutory rape. His first sexual encounters with Nim began when she was 15 years old.

Police said Phut lured Nim into having sex with the older man for money.

On the day of Nong Tor’s disappearance, Phut and Nim took Nong Tor to the clinic as he had a fever of 39 degrees Celsius. The clinic advised them to take the baby to the hospital but they took him home instead.

Police are still searching for Nong Tor’s body.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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