CityNews – November 6th, police arrested Pongpat Yookham, 27, of Muang’s Nonghoi sub-district, for killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter in an apartment in Sarapee District.
On October 22, Sarapee police were informed of the death of Anna Yapan, aged 3 years 11 months. Bruises were found on her waist and neck.
On the day in question, the mother, Kornkamon Chaemiam, 25, originally from Bangkok, went outside for work and Anna was with her stepfather and her younger brother in the room.
At first, the stepfather, Pongpat, told the police that at 11am, he left the room to buy instant noodles. Before leaving the room, he prepared to clean the bathroom by splashing water and sprinkling detergent on the floor. When he got back to the room at 12pm, he found Anna naked and lying on the floor. He then called his wife to get back to the room. He claimed that Anna accidentally hit her head and she was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital.
However, the autopsy results show that the girl’s skull was broken. The police suspected Pongpat of murdering Anna.
Pongpat later admitted to killing his stepdaughter and was taken to the scene to re-enact the crime.
Pongpat confessed that, on the day of the incident, he told Anna not to touch his fish tank, but she didn’t listen to him. She put her hands in his fish tank, so he kicked her twice. He was also mad that his stepson (Anna’s younger brother) kept crying. He then told Anna to go take a shower in the bathroom. He followed her to the bathroom and put her head against the wall and toilet until she was dead.