Thai Father Hangs Infant Daughter Live On Facebook And Commits Suicide
A Thai father on Monday hanged his 11-month-old daughter live on Facebook and committed suicide. Authorities said the clip showed the father tying a noose before he placed it into the infant and dropped her from the rooftop.
The police discovered the lifeless bodies of a 21-year-old father identified as Wuttisan Wongtalay and his infant daughter at an abandoned hotel on the island of Phuket. The infant cried for a while when she was dropped from the rooftop, and then cried the last time when Wongtalay retrieved her from the fall.
Wongtalay committed suicide without broadcasting his death. He hanged himself on the building's beam, according to a Thai-based news site, The Nation.
The infant's mother identified as Jiranuch (surname withheld) said that she rushed to the police to seek help after learning about Wongtalay's live video. Jiranuch said she and Wongtalay argued as he suspected she was in a relationship with another man.
Wongtalay threatened to kill the infant's mother, which forced her to flee their home. Jiranuch's elder brother, named only as Suksan, said that Jiranuch wanted to be separated from Wongtalay for a while, per Bangkok Post.
Thai man upset with his wife hangs their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then kills himself, police say. https://t.co/fU7x4sZpcN
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The father left with his infant daughter, saying he was going to work. Wongtalay told Suksan that they will be back at 7 p.m. Suksan then saw Wongtalay hanging the infant and immediately told her sister.
Violence using live-stream platforms have become a growing concern for social media companies like Facebook. Nonetheless, the company is trying to address the concern by creating certain measures to prevent such incidents from being live-streamed again.
"This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement, per Washington Post. "There is absolutely no place for acts of this kind on Facebook and the footage has now been removed."