Toddler dies after sexual abuse by drug-addict neighbour

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A one year and nine month old infant died after being sexually abused and beaten by a 50 year old man in Ongkharak district, Nakhon Nayok.

The horrifying event came to light when the girl’s aunt, Sukanya (surname withheld), was informed by a neighbour that the child had been unconscious since falling down some stairs on Saturday night, July 6.

Upon visiting her niece at Nakhon Nayok Hospital, Sukanya discovered the child in a coma, suffering from a brain haemorrhage and covered in bruises. Suspecting foul play, she questioned the supposed accident. Medical staff later confirmed that the girl had been beaten and raped.

The infant had been living with a neighbour after her parents separated and her father moved to another province for work. Sukanya, who helped raise the child, would leave her in the care of the perpetrator, the wife of Pichit (surname withheld) during the day.

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Police arrested Pichit on Tuesday, July 9. Initially denying the allegations, he eventually confessed to beating the girl out of irritation caused by her crying. He admitted to raping her due to sexual arousal after consuming methamphetamine pills, commonly known as Yaba.

Police revealed that Pichit has been addicted to Yaba for two decades. He is being held at Nakhon Nayok Provincial Court without bail and will face further interrogation. The incident has left the community in shock, and the girl succumbed to her injuries yesterday at 6am.

Police intend to press charges against Pichit, who remains in custody, reported Bangkok Post.

In related news, police arrested a Thai man for repeatedly raping his nine year old stepdaughter and 11 year old niece at the homes of his wife and mistress in the Chalong subdistrict of Phuket.

A teacher from Ban Chalong School in Phuket filed a complaint with Chalong Police Station officers at about 8pm on July 6 that two young girls were victims of a 37 year old rapist.

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