Boy nabbed for tod­dler drown­ing

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

ABOY has been ar­rested af­ter al­legedly drown­ing a tod­dler in a river on Wednesday in Kam­pong Chh­nang prov­ince’s Teuk Phos district.

Khem Vi­bol, the district po­lice chief, said the sus­pect was an 11year-old boy, while the vic­tim was aged just two.

The sus­pect said that a few months prior to the killing he had an ar­gu­ment with the vic­tim’s mother, who threatened to hit him. This made him an­gry and he wanted re­venge, Vi­bol said.

At around 9am on Wednesday, the sus­pect was rid­ing his bike home from school and saw the tod­dler play­ing alone. He put the boy on his bike and headed to a river around a kilo­me­tre away.

“Af­ter ar­riv­ing at the river, the sus­pect held the vic­tim’s head in the wa­ter un­til he drowned,” Vi­bol said, ad­ding that the sus­pect then rode back home, leav­ing the body.

Un­able to find their son, the par­ents asked neigh­bours to help look for him. A vil­lager told the par­ents that he had seen the young boy on the sus­pect’s bike on the way to the river. They rushed to the river, where the body was found, and no­ti­fied the po­lice.

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