Thai woman alleges ex-husband kidnapped her daughter

Apichaya, photo via Phill Markham.

A Thai woman alleges that her ex-husband kidnapped her two year old daughter. The woman, 25 year old Pornapha ‘Pim’ Thankew told The Thaiger that on Sunday, January 1, her ex came to her house in the northeast Surin province to pick up their daughter. He told her that he was taking their daughter, Apichaya ‘Ung-Ing’ Thankew, to an ordination ceremony at a temple, and he would be back in an hour. The ex took Pim’s car as well, she said.

But Pim’s ex did not return. Pim says that that night, he called her, asking if he could bring Ung-Ing to his house in Chon Buri. Pim said no, and that was the last time she had contact with him. Pim says her ex blocked her phone number and blocked her on every other channel after that.

Pim said that when her ex didn’t return, she then went to the house in Chon Buri to get her daughter, but her ex and his family were nowhere to be found. She says she now had no idea where they have taken her.

Pim says she reported the incident to Khwaew Sinrin police on Tuesday, January 3. While police accepted the report, no progress has been made on the case, she said.

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Pim says that her ex has legal charges against him, and is in debt. She says she and her husband divorced because the debt took a toll on their relationship.

Pim claims that her former husband took their daughter because he wants custody of her. Pim says she doesn’t wish to give her ex custody since they have been divorced for a while, and she has been doing well raising her daughter on her own.

Pim says that while her ex husband refuses to contact her, however, he has been in contact with her current boyfriend, Australian national Phill Markham. Pim says her ex and his family tell Phill that their daughter is happy and fine.

Thai woman alleges ex-husband kidnapped her daughter | News by Thaiger

Thai woman alleges ex-husband kidnapped her daughter | News by Thaiger

This is a developing story, and The Thaiger will continue to publish updates with any new information that emerges.

If anyone sees Ung-Ing, they are urged to please contact 06-5902-5210.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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