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Phuket Police find parents of abandoned baby

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PHUKET: A four-month-old baby girl who was abandoned by the side of the road earlier this week has been united with her parents, but the baby’s safety remains a concern for authorities.

The young baby was found outside a shop house on Palian Road in Ban Kuku, Rassada District just after 7pm on Wednesday by a local resident.

Crying loudly, the girl was wrapped in a blanket with two milk bottles by her side.

The resident alerted Phuket City Police, who arrived at the scene shortly after.

The child was then handed over to the Phuket Shelter for Children and Families.

Shelter chief Jiranan Jiamjaroen said that after local Thai media reported the story the same day, a security guard from the Supalai City Hill project in Ban Kuku suspected the baby’s parents were a young Burmese couple living on the project site where he worked.

The young couple he suspected had a baby about the same age as the one that mysteriously disappeared around the same time.

The security guard contacted the project developers, who in turn alerted the shelter at around noon on Thursday.

Just after 2pm, the young Burmese couple were brought by their boss to the shelter to identify the baby.

On arrival at the shelter, the 23 year-old-man and 20-year-old woman identified the baby girl as their own, but denied abandoning the child.

They claimed they left their baby girl with the woman’s sister, who has since vanished.

Ms Jiranan said her staff don’t believe the couple’s story.

“We are sure it was the parents who abandoned the child,” she said.

“The couple told us that the baby was born on the way to Vachira Hospital about four months ago. The couple delivered the baby themselves on the side of the road and never received a birth certificate, Ms Jiranan said.

The couple were brought to Phuket Municipality offices to obtain a birth certificate for the child on Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by Ms Jiranan and police officers.

The couple were then escorted to Phuket City Police Station where their photos were taken, along with several of the baby. The police also made copies of the new birth certificate.

Police said they would be keeping a close eye on the young family.

Officers escorted the family back to their work camp at 7pm on Thursday, and donated milk, diapers and a new baby mattress.

The couple told police they would not abandon the baby again, but that they had very little money to support their child.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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