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Miss Universe competitors from eight countries descend on Chiang Mai

Buddhist Holy Day of Visakha Bucha May 22

Burmese boy soldiers claim Burmese army using chemical weapons

Attack underway on striped mosquito

ASEAN parliament?

Mudslide warning

Thai masseuses warned about Czech Republic

Burma bombing busts border bartering

Dispossessed Karen farmers appeal at Tak City Hall

One death from hemorrhagic fever in Chiang Mai since January

Brave policemen remembered

Pachyderms public poo performance at Chiang Mai Zoo

Cobra Gold 05 closes in Chiang Mai

Shock horror! VCD rental shops stock porno VCDs

Killers of insurance manager arrested

Non-commissioned police officers initiate exchange program with Singapore

Thieves learn lesson, inadvisable trio rob the police

Police officer’s death leads to arrest of two members of Wihok Saifa Rescue

Police kill narcotics dealer and find heroin worth 20 million baht

Defacto husband charged with killing four month old baby

Miss Universe competitors from eight countries descend on Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg and
Saksit Meesubkwang

Miss Universe contestants from eight countries, USA, UK, Kenya, Turkey, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad & Tobago arrived in Chiang Mai on May 12, guided by Chanunporn Rosechan, Miss Thailand Universe, resting at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel. The bevy of beauties are visiting Chiang Mai to film a sequence for the public relations media for Thailand.

They continued their travels to Chiang Dao, to visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp, and enjoyed bamboo rafting on the Mae Ping River. In the afternoon, they were treated for lunch at the house of Assoc. Dr. Charinrat Puttapuan, consultant of the Minister of Tourism and Sports, in San Sai district, and had a taste of local food, the Kad Mua (mixing market), and watched traditional Lanna performances.

Afterwards, they went to the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort to record a sequence concerning the spa, giving visitors the opportunity for an ogle, before returning to Bangkok.

Charinrat Puttapuan revealed that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports had spent 200 million baht to bring Miss Universe candidates to record the promotional video throughout Thailand, which they believe is a worthwhile expense, to associate Thailand around the world with voluptuous women in scanty costumes, as if it were not already. The Ministry predicted that the beauties from each country would promote Thailand even more after returning home. For Thailand as a whole, the Miss Universe event will reputedly earn the nation an estimated 3.2 billion baht, but how this figure is arrived at defies conventional mathematics.


Buddhist Holy Day of Visakha Bucha May 22

Banks and government offices to close May 23

This coming week, on Sunday, May 22, one of the most venerated holidays on the Buddhist calendar will be celebrated: Visakha Bucha Day. Visakha Bucha Day marks the beginning of the Buddhist Era 2,548 years ago, and celebrates the miracle of the Buddha being born, reaching enlightenment and passing away all on the same date.

Devout Buddhists will participate in ceremonies at nearby temples, make merit in the morning by bringing alms to monks and listening to sermons. Later in the evening devotees will continue assembling at temples to conduct the “Wien Tien” ceremony, walking around sacred temple grounds three times holding candles, joss sticks and flowers honoring the Buddha, the Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) and the Sangha, the Buddhist Monastic Order.

For this holiday, killing any kind of animal and drinking alcohol or intoxicating substances is forbidden for 3 days. Wats are to be adorned with lanterns, flowers and joss sticks as symbols of worship, and skyrockets will be lit for three days to celebrate.

Since this year the holiday falls on a Sunday, banks and government offices will observe the day, and be closed, on Monday, May 23.


Burmese boy soldiers claim Burmese army using chemical weapons

Saksit Meesubkwang

On May 11, Maj. Gen. Beetoo, supreme commander of KNPP, revealed that Karen Ka Ya arrested two Burmese soldiers in an area near the Thai-Burmese border, opposite Baan Mae Surin in Khun Yuam district, Mae Hong Son. The two soldiers were only 15 and 16 years old, arrested after their escape from a Burmese battalion after they caught Malaria.

The boy soldiers were identified as Pvt. Mew Min, 15, recruited when he was only 14 years old, and Pvt. Sow Su, 16, inducted when he was 15. They were trained for only six months before being sent into battle under the umbrella of Ready Reaction Battalion 511 commanded by Lt. Col. Saw Loo, who controls a brigade in Kalaw, Shan State.

They said that troops were forced to attack even under disadvantageous conditions, but defeat and retreat ensued. They heard the battalion commander talking about using chemical weapons to suppress the mutinous troops. Pvt. Sow Su caught malaria and, while being taken care of by Pvt. Mew Min, a troop of Karen Ka Ya found the two fugitives.

The use of chemical weapons by the Burmese government was first disclosed by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in April this year and it was later proved again by the Third Army.

After the use of chemical weapons to suppress minority groups became known, residents along the Thai-Burmese border have become fearful. Border residents have appealed internationally to force the Burmese government not to use chemical weapons. The infamous Burmese ruling junta was also criticized regarding conscription of youths under 18 years of age.


Attack underway on striped mosquito

80 percent success rate predicted

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Preecha Worakul, president of Fah Haam TAO in Muang, Chiang Mai said, “The current increasing spread of Dengue hemorrhagic fever needs to be stopped immediately, therefore Fah Haam TAO presented plans to prevent and control hemorrhagic fever on May 15, in cooperation with Tambon Fah Haam Health Center, Tambon chief officer and village heads. The activity is to destroy mosquito sources along the houses at Tambon Fah Haam.”

Preecha Worakul, president of Fah Haam TAO giving information to the vendors at Kajaw market.

This program needs cooperation from all areas throughout the Tambon. It started with giving information to Tambon Fah Haam Public Health volunteers and about 200 community leaders to have the same information. Later, residents were informed and people were requested to overturn coconut shells or anything containing water. Also, treated sand was distributed to seven villages (altogether 3,753 houses) to eliminate mosquito larvae. TAO also provided staff to spray chemical substances in every village in Tambon Fah Haam, kill larvae and reduce the risk of hemorrhagic fever. Records of the program activities would be kept. In future, new rules would be implemented to force every house to continue mosquito elimination, as requested by the TAO.

“There were Dengue hemorrhagic fever victims at Tambon Fah Haam last year, and we therefore pay much attention to prevent the disease this year. We predict that it will achieve an 80 percent success,” the president of Fah Haam TAO said.


ASEAN parliament?

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization looks at possibility

Saksit Meesubkwang

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO) Commissions conference opened on May 14 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai. The opening ceremony was presided over by Pokin Palakul, Thai Parliamentary president. Eight countries attended the conference, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines, and two observers were Myanmar and Brunei. The conference lasted three days.

Pokin Palakul presided over the opening ceremony of the AIPO commissions conference.

Pokin Palakul said that ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO) was an organization cooperating among member countries, to exchange opinions that affected the region. The organization had realized that moving on to new methods could reflect the important roles of a parliament, i.e. the legislative role and the administrative department examination. Those were the reasons to set up an ASEAN parliament.

“The three days of the conference are aimed to find methods to set the duties of the commissions. I believe that an ASEAN parliament will succeed in forms and duties similar to the European parliament. This is a good chance to see if the ASEAN parliament can become more effective, and to focus more on the organization’s duties afterwards,” he added.

The next AIPO conference will be organized from September18-23 in Wiang Chan, Laos. AIPO was established in 1977 by the Indonesian parliament for cooperation among the eight member countries of ASEAN.


Mudslide warning

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Department of Mineral Resources warned residents living in risky areas throughout the Northern provinces, such as Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Tak and Kamphaengphet, to be aware of the possibility of mudslides during the rainy period. In Chiang Mai alone, there are 232 risky areas in 17 districts.

The cause of the mudslides is deforestation, leaving no roots to hold the soil on slopes. Falling trees and rocks pose an additional risk. There are warning signs to alert residents, such as increasing water volume in the creeks which would also become muddy; and there could be threatening noises from mountains and creeks.

If such a situation should arise, residents should escape to higher places, and should never build houses blocking waterways or under deforested slopes. Updated weather forecasts should be carefully observed.


Thai masseuses warned about Czech Republic

Staff reporter

Thai women planning to work as masseuses in the Czech Republic should carefully check in advance, in order to avoid exploitation, as most employers hire native Czech girls due to work permit and language problems.

Orachorn Ratanamanee, head of the Chiang Mai Employment Office, said that the Department of Employment learned that the Thai Embassy in Prague had surveyed the Thai massage businesses in the city and found most of the workers there to be native Czechs, proclaiming they had received traditional Thai massage certificates from Thailand. The parlours hired natives because it was difficult to get permits for Thai masseuses. There were also language-related problems and a predatory attitude towards Thai women working as masseuses.

Consequently, Chiang Mai Employment Office warns Thai women who are planning to work as masseuses in the Czech Republic to check whether the massage business they intend to join has permits for them, otherwise they may be disappointed and be forced to provide sexual services for their cheques instead.

More details are available on 0 5322 3325, or 0 5322 2865-6 during government service days.


Burma bombing busts border bartering

Thailand permits Burmese troops into Thailand to investigate

Saksit Meesubkwang

The bombing in the Burmese capital has increased tension along the border and the Burmese government imposed controls on goods imported from Thailand and closed several border points. Lt. Gen. Picharnmeth Muangmanee, Third Army Region commander, confirmed increased security around the border areas but allowed residents to go about their usual work in Mae Sod, Tak and Mae Sai, Chiang Rai.

Lt. Gen. Picharnmeth Muangmanee

The general said that the event in the capital city of Burma did not directly affect border areas. Thai armies were assigned to check tools and instruments that could cause sabotage, and not to allow any transports into Burma. Furthermore, the Third Army Region is cooperating with the Burmese Junta to keep an eye on suspicious troops.

Officers on duty at the Thai-Burmese Relationship Bridge check point at Baan Rimtai, Tambon Ta-sailuad in Mae Sod, Tak, reported that they allowed the Burmese government to send five investigators and MI 27 officers into Thailand to search for the perpetrators. They would concentrate on resistant troops escaping in different communities in Mae Sod, Tak.

Meanwhile, the special task force of 4th Infantry Regiment, Mae Sod and soldiers from Naresuan task force used a grenade checking machine and K-9 to check in and outgoing vehicles at Thai-Burmese Relationship Bridge.

As for the situation at Thai-Burmese border in Tak, the commanders of Buddhist Karen and Christian Karen had commanders moving their troops away from the battle area for fear that the Burmese government would attack in reprisal.


Dispossessed Karen farmers appeal at Tak City Hall

Saksit Meesubkwang

Residents from Tambon Sammuen in Mae Ramard district, Tak, led by Chareun Subkhundon, president of Tambon Sammuen Administration Organization and Manus Subkhundon, Tambon Sammuen chief officer, joined a thousand villagers on May 10 to present a petition, involving agriculture land, to Suwat Tonprawat, Tak governor.

On March 27, forest officers from the Office of Protected Forest Management Region 14, Tak, and forest police arrested and prosecuted residents, resulting in the petition to the governor to return agriculture land area covering 2,800 rai, over five villages, to the residents, because they are facing extreme hardship being left with no land on which to eke out their living.

Chareun Subkhundon, the leader, said that they wanted the governor to solve the problem, and that it had affected 500 families in five villages, whose land was seized. He accepted that some of these areas had been newly occupied, but most of them had belonged to the residents for a long time. Although the government service had approved five rai for each family, this was insufficient to generate income. They need their land before this rainy season.

Jakarin Yode-ma, administrative officer of the 7th Forest Office revealed that the land areas seized on March 27 were new areas which the residents had just prepared for agriculture, and that they trespassed over a wide area. Moreover, a teak house, modified wood, and many teak logs that were found, and a forest in Baan La-pe Mai that houses the president of Tambon Sammuen Administration Organization and Tambon Sammuen chief officer, were illegally logged and this may result in mudslides. He added that land that the residents used for planting was not seized.

Soonthorn Rattanawaraha, Tak assistant governor, said that a committee should be set-up, comprised of government officials, the residents and district chief officer, to verify how many persons had possessed the land before it was proclaimed it as a reserved forest in 1964 by using an aerial map. Whatever appeared as the result, all sectors had to accept it.


One death from hemorrhagic fever in Chiang Mai since January

Nopniwat Krailerg

Dr. Surasing Wisarootrat, deputy head of Chiang Mai Public Health, speaking about the Dengue hemorrhagic fever situation in Chiang Mai said that from January 1 to May 7, there were 36 patients as well as a 42 year old woman from Mae Rim who had died from the disease.

During the same period last year, there were only 16, but the numbers are still within the average range over a five years period. Concerning the new mosquito species said to have been found in Bangkok, he said that it has not yet been found in Chiang Mai.

An officer sprays chemical substances to kill mosquito larvae in Chiang Mai.

He added that Dengue hemorrhagic fever this year was more serious, as earlier rains and climatic changers caused mosquitoes to breed faster. Normally, larvae development took three to four days and the mosquito lived for 30–45 days. Mosquito eggs could survive over a year and could still be present at the time of the next rainy season. He expected that there would be more victims this year.

The Public Health Department has requested residents to destroy mosquito sources such as old automobile tires, coconut shells, and pots and cans by turning them over in case they contain water. The Department, in cooperation with the municipality, had already sprayed chemicals at main mosquito sources to kill mosquito larvae.

Anyone who has a high grade fever for 2–7 days may have Dengue hemorrhagic fever and should immediately visit a doctor.

Dr. Songwute Hutamai, director of 10th Office of Diseases Control MOPH Chiang Mai, revealed that from January 1 to May 7, areas in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son had the most hemorrhagic fever problems.


Brave policemen remembered

Nopniwat Krailerg

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, revealed that they have planned to build a remembrance building in front of the office in Chiang Mai, to recognize and remember policemen who died on duty. It would display biographies of all officers who died on duty during the past 50 years, to bring pride to their families. Other parts of the building could exhibit ancient supplies and a library, and the names of the policemen would be carved on a plinth. Construction would commence within two weeks starting with the plinth and residents could participate by donating money to support the construction.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.

“We will survey the last 50 years or more to record the brave policemen’s names on the remembrance building, to realize their merit. It will also encourage police officers to work hard, knowing that if they die they will be remembered, because this place is only for brave officers,” the commissioner said.

One example of a policeman who died on duty is Col. Cpl. Samarn Taesai, a policeman at Phuping Police Station, who was killed in a police booth recently and who will be considered a brave policeman and his name and biography will be included in the building.


Pachyderms public poo performance at Chiang Mai Zoo

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Chiang Mai Zoo in cooperation with Chiang Mai Elephant Camp and Crocodile Farm introduced elephant performances and elephant riding around Chiang Mai Zoo. The opening ceremony was presided over by Yongyut Tiyapairat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, at Palad Waterfall, Chiang Mai Zoo.

Yongyut Tiyapairat, minister of natural resources and environment at the opening ceremony.

The minister said that this program was to solve the problem of elephants wandering around the city and to provide them with a permanent residence. It should also attract tourists to the zoo, especially as it is a project of “Green Mountain Life”.

Visitors had a chance to watch four elephants dancing and showing the success of their toilet training by making extensive use of the unique flush toilet. Afterwards, the minister and Prinya Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor rode an elephant to visit the elephant village and wastewater treatment plant.

Elephant showtime


Cobra Gold 05 closes in Chiang Mai

Saksit Meesubkwang

Thai Supreme commander Gen. Chaisit Shinawatra, US Deputy Chief of Mission Alexander Arvizu, Singaporean Ambassador Chan Hen Wing and Japanese Ambassador Atsushi Tokinoya presided over the dedication of a building at Wat Koung Waree Thai School, Muang, Phitsanulok, as well as the Cobra Gold ’05 closing ceremony at Lotus Pan Suan Kaew Hotel, Muang, Chiang Mai, on May 13, 2005. The joint Cobra Gold Exercise was held from May 2-13.

Representatives of the USA, Japan, Singapore and Thailand in Cobra Gold.

Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled military exercise designed to improve participant’s readiness and combined joint inter-operability, as well as enhance relationships and demonstrate resolve to support humanitarian interests of friends and allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The exercise finished after achieving all of its goals. It improved capabilities in helping people through relief efforts, particularly in the tsunami-hit areas. Military members from the United States, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as Defense Forces from Japan, gained valuable experience in operating together and are now better prepared to respond to future disasters. Many other government and private agencies also participated in the exercise.

In addition to military training, Cobra Gold ’05 also included civic projects, such as construction and medical assistance initiatives in the provinces of Tak, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Udonthani and Rayong. This year, a civic project was also conducted in Phang-Nga, the province hardest hit by the December 26, 2004 tsunami. This project was very successful and the people of Phang-Nga gave a warm welcome to the Cobra Gold participants. Besides the military benefits, the exercise forged closer relationships and understanding among the participating nations.


Shock horror! VCD rental shops stock porno VCDs

Catering for public tastes, perhaps?

Nopniwat Krailerg

On May 16, police searched Thaiwech shop, VCD rental and sales center, located at Tambon Mae Hia in Muang, Chiang Mai and found 200 pornographic VCDs on display, as well as other kinds of movie CDs, and some additional ones were hidden under the table.

The owner, Udonsak Saejang, 34, was arrested and evidence confiscated.

Although Udonsak claimed that all VCDs were in the process of being destroyed, the police did not believe him as he had run the business for a long period and he was charged with the heinous crime of renting porno VCDs.

Later, the police searched another movie shop on Suriyawong Rd. at Tambon Hai Ya in Muang, Chiang Mai, but they, having probably received sufficient warning, had nothing illegal in obvious stock.

The police said that after having learned from students’ parents that there were VCD rental shops allowing students to rent porno movies, the officers had increased their checks on VCD rental shops.


Killers of insurance manager arrested

Saksit Meesubkwang

Two murderers who had killed an insurance manger were taken to re-enact the scene in front of Chiang Mai International Airport on May 13. They had shot the man on April 29. Police later learned that they had called the manager to pick them up at the airport to talk about resort insurance. The victim drove to the airport where the two cold-blooded killers told him to wait, but later killed him and fled on a motorcycle.

The two killers at the press conference.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, told reporters that the police pursued the two criminals after learning about the audacious killing and arrested them on May 12.

The killers were Jiradech Iamsa-ard (aka Joe), 24, living at Tambon Tayang in Tayang, Phetchaburi, and Athichai Boonjit, 24, living at Tambon Padad in Muang, Chiang Mai, both university students. The knife used to kill the manager was also found.

Athichai said that his girlfriend was cheating on him with another man and, after forcing her to tell him the identity of his rival, he and Jiradech planned to kill the manager. He said that the killing had been planned for two years, but only the latest attempt was successful.


Non-commissioned police officers initiate exchange program with Singapore

Nopniwat Krailerg

Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 has sent the first group of non-commissioned police officers to visit Singapore, in order to gain and exchange suppression experiences.

Twenty non-commissioned police officers, who had previously made impressive achievements, were sent to Singapore. This exchange is a part of a program “To Improve and Develop Thai police”, instigated by Pol. Maj. Gen. Wutti Wittitanon, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, and Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadreuw, deputy commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police. They are to exchange experience with Singapore police involved with suppression and investigation.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, said that this program serves to encourage non-commissioned police officers who have worked in a certain area for a long period. They could learn new things from Singapore police, which could be applied here in Thailand.

The first group spent three days in Singapore to be followed shortly by another group. Singapore police officers would soon visit and learn something from the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.


Thieves learn lesson, inadvisable trio rob the police

Saksit Meesubkwang and Nopniwat Krailerg

A gang of thieves working for flower shops in Waroros Market, comprising Aekarat Sissuebpol, 23; Jonyajai Yasorn, 23; Toon Boonmee, 19; and Athiwat Thacheun, 16, were arrested and found to be in possession of stolen mobile phones. They were all sent to Phuping Police Station for the usual investigative procedures and, failing sufficient bail, the prosecution process.

The downcast gang at the press conference.

Their practice was to ride motorcycles around the city, breaking into parked cars and pick-ups. Public complaints were seemingly ignored until, on May 9, they made the mistake of robbing the car belonging to Pol. Lt. Col. Somchai Jankhong, parked at Dok Fai Condominium on Siri Mangkalacharn Road, taking a mobile phone and a car audio set. They sold the audio set to an auto supplies shop near Chiang Mai Train Station and used the mobile phone themselves.

The intrepid policeman called his own cell phone number and requested them to return it to him in exchange for a reward. The less than bright gang fell for it and met the enraged policeman, who promptly arrested them.

They confessed that they had done this several times concentrating on car parking lots, sharing the items and financial rewards amongst each other. They were indicted for stealing and destroying property. They should enjoy an enforced holiday from the flower shops shortly.


Police officer’s death leads to arrest of two members of Wihok Saifa Rescue

Saksit Meesubkwang

A policeman’s death was re-enacted by Tirasak Luechasup, 19, from Tambon Nongkwai in Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, and Worrapol (pseudonyn), 16, at the Suthep police booth in front of Tambon Suthep Administration Organization Chiang Mai.

The two criminals are taken to re-enact the scene of killing a policeman.

Pol. Cpl. Samarn Taesai was gunned down while on duty on May 1, resulting in the entire police force diligently pursuing the killers, resulting in the arrests of both men who are Wihok Saifa Rescue Team members, at Raming Niwet Village on Thipanet Rd., Tambon Hai Ya in Muang, Chiang Mai.

The police found a .38 revolver with 30 bullets, a 9 mm revolver and a motorcycle. They were charged with murder with intent and possession of weapons without permits.

Their initial confession was that they had stolen a gun from Settha Jiamkitwattana, the founder of the Wihok Saifa Rescue Team, and on the day the event happened they traveled along several police booths but found no one except Pol. Cpl. Samarn. The two supposed rescuers pretended to ask the policeman about a map, and while he described directions, the killer shot him in the head with the stolen revolver, and took the policeman’s gun. The two criminals confessed that they were well acquainted with police officers in this booth, and knew the officers’ movements well. The commissioner is raising Pol. Cpl. Samarn’s rank four grades and would take good care of his family.


Police kill narcotics dealer and find heroin worth 20 million baht

Nopniwat Krailerg

A member of a narcotic gang was killed after he tried to battle with the officers in a grove beside Lamphun-Lampang superhighway. Later, Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, and Pol. Col. Sirote Pakpitjaruen, superintendent of Muang Police Station, Lamphun, went to check the scene.

They found a car was parked on the roadside, about 50 meters away from the body which was holding a .38 revolver. It was found that he was shot in the back, possibly whilst trying to flee. There was nothing else on the body, other than 6,000 baht, but 21 kilograms of heroin was found in his car, plus another .38 revolver and 8 bullets. The heroin is valued at 20 million baht.

The commissioner said that after he had been tipped off that would be narcotics transfer on that route; he had assigned Pol. Col. Sarawute Chantraprasert, Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 investigation superintendent, to watch out for the dealing. The dealers were four minority tribesmen men driving two cars, but one vehicle escaped and a man who had been with the one killed also escaped. The heroin was to be transferred to clients in Bangkok.


Defacto husband charged with killing four month old baby

Saksit Meesubkwang

McCormick Hospital staff treating a four months old baby they suspected had been deliberately injured, informed police who rushed to the hospital but the baby, Natthapol Klanboot, died before the officers arrived.

Umpol re-enacts the situation leading to the death.

The police investigated Umpol Klanboot, 23, of Tambon Paprag, Kanchanaburi, the stepfather, and Pakamad Tasanapoonpol, 16, of San Sai, Chiang Mai, the mother, to testify while the baby’s body was sent to Dr. Pongrak Sribanditmongkol, Maharaj Hospital for further study, who found blood in his lungs and broken bones.

Umpol told police that he had lived with Pakamad since December 25, and she was pregnant but already separated from her ex-husband. On the day of the event, the baby was crying and he fed him milk but the baby choked. Umpol claimed he tried to help the baby but the baby became weaker so he took the baby to the hospital.

Umpol was charged with carelessness causing death. Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police, reported that it was notable that such cases were increasing among young parents between 15-24 years old. The youngsters should be taught more about ethics and child care, he said.