CHIANG RAI – Preeda Kunama, a Chiang Rai official of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, has taken into custody the latest baby allegedly born to Japanese national Mitsutoki Shigeta through surrogacy in an effort to prevent any legal attempt to take it out of the country.
Preeda Kunama, said he had written to a private hospital in Chiang Rai to detain the baby girl born to Duangthida Yingyon of Wiang Chiang Rung district.
He said the woman was a surrogate mother for the baby of Mr Shigeta and had delivered it on Sept 4.
Ms Duangthida reportedly received 300,000 baht for her surrogacy service. She gave birth via caesarian section. The baby was born prematurely and remained in an incubator at Kasemrad Sriburin General Hospital on Wednesday. It weighed only 1.68 kilograms at birth.
The baby will remain in the care of the authorities until an investigation into Mr Shigeta and his stated desire to have many babies through surrogacy is completed.
Ms Duangthida used to work in a jeans factory. Her insemination occurred on Feb 11 at All IVF clinic in Bangkok. The lawyer for Mr Shigeta brought her to the hospital in Chiang Rai on Sept 2, just before the birth on Sept 4.
The Bangkok Post Reported that Police at Lumpini station on Wednesday sought permission from the Pathumwan district court to postpone official charges against Dr Pisit Tantiwattanakul, the 40-year-old owner of All IVF clinic who had allegedly provided surrogacy services for the birth of nine babies fathered by Mr Shigeta.
They said they still had to question 10 more witnesses. When Dr Pisit showed up at the station, police initially charged him with running an illegal clinic and failing to ensure his medical staff abides by medical law.
Pol Lt Natthapol Lordongbang, an interrogator at Lumpini station who sought the postponement, said the interrogation of the additional witnesses and collection of more evidence would take 20 to 30 days.