An angry crowd blocked the mother and grandmother of a 6-year-old boy found dead in the back seat of a car in Trat from attending his funeral in Trat amid allegations his parents killed him.
The boy was found in a Honda sedan belonging to his stepfather, who later confessed to beating him and leaving him to die. However, an investigation ordered by the assistant national police chief found the boy’s mother killed him.
She used a wooden coat hanger to beat the boy hard across his head and body until it broke, Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn said.
An autopsy suggested the boy had suffered beatings on a number of occasions but the latest one saw him sustain a ractured skull, he said.
Pol Lt Gen Surachate said the mother finally admitted to beating the boy on Saturday night after he had defecated in the car. Both parents will face murder charges.
On Jan. 4, local rescue workers moved the boy’s body to Ban Nam Chiao mosque in Nam Chiao Subdistrict of Laem Ngop District.
The mother and the grandmother accompanied the body after it had undergone an autopsy at Phrapokklao Hospital in adjacent Chanthaburi Province. The stepfather was suspected of assaulting the boy and left him to death in a vehicle.
At the mosque, the body was bathed and the mosque’s leader Suchart Thanomchart led prayers. Then the body was moved to its graveyard.
The grandmother and the mother followed the body but a crowd was cursing them and waiting to attack them at the parking lot of the mosque.
Four plainclothes policemen then brought both women to a truck and they left the village right away.