A Lisu hill-tribe father who had his heart set on a son was arrested for infanticide in Chiang Mai after his newborn baby turned out to be a girl.
Escorted by Chang Phueak police, Anupap Panya, 45, dug up the diapered 7-day-old child wrapped in blankets in the woods outside his village in Luang Nuea Subdistrict of Doi Saket District Wednesday. He also pointed police to the hoe he used to bury the infant.
Police said Anupap admitted killing the girl because he already had two daughters and had wanted a son to carry on the family name and take over his Thanin Market business when older.
The baby was born a week ago and, since coming home, his wife and he had argued repeatedly. Without her knowledge, he took the baby to the car, poured toilet cleaner down her throat and buried the dead child.
The mother called police to report the child missing.
A version of this story first appeared in the Chiang Mai Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.