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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Two Children, 5 Years and 8 Months Old, Found Starved, Locked in Room in Samut Prakan

The family had lived there for about 6 months.

At 4:30Pm on February 23rd, 2021, police in Samut Prakan province responded to a call from locals that two children had been locked in a room in their neighborhood.

When officers arrived at the scene the door was locked. A boy popped his face out of the window and an officer broke the door down. They found a 5 year old boy caring for an 8 month old boy, who was sleeping in a crib. There was evidence of physical abuse and both children were starved. The room was in a deplorable state.

The local village headman said that he was informed by locals that the parents attacked their children and locked them in the room and made the 5 year old sibling look after the 8 month old. The report says that there may be another 3 year old child as well that the mother took from the home.

The locals said that the family moved in about 6 months previous. The father worked on a boat and the mother worked construction. The parents regularly abused the children verbally. The locals couldn’t stand to see the abuse much longer especially after seeing the poor condition the children were left in.

A local shelter accepted the two children for a medical check. Police are looking for the parents. It’s undetermined if the children will be returned to the home or not.

Video of the room can be seen here:

https://www.khaosod.co.th/crime/news_6013183

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My take: What’s a better fate — to live on with parents like these, or be given up to an orphanage where there’s little hope for a better future?

I don’t know the answer. I can only hope for the best for the two young ones.

Source: https://www.khaosod.co.th/crime/news_6013183

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