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Father Charged with Attempted Murder after Giving his 3 Children Rat Poison



The two youngest children recovering in Trang hospital after their father admitted giving his three children rat poison. Photo by Methee Muangkaew


TRANG – Thai Police Officials in Trang have charged a father of three with the attempted murder after he willingly gave the children drinks containing rat poison.

Mr Satian and his 3 children were admitted to the hospital after drinking the rat poison, Hospital staff then alerted Police of the poisoning.

Police on Sunday took Satian Promsang from Trang hospital to Muang Trang police station for questioning.

Police said Mr Satian confessed to poisoning his children, saying he had been depressed since his wife decided to leave him.

According to Trang Police, Mr Satian said he told the children he was going to kill himself. He said the children were free to decide whether to join him in taking the poison, and they agreed to take it, police said.

The children were staying with their grandfather, who lives about 20 metres away from the house. He said Mr Satian collected the children and said he was taking them to eat noodles at his house. When they had not returned a half hour later he went to Mr Satian’s house to ask after them.

Mr Satian, who appeared to be drunk, told the grandfather that the children were all asleep. He did not believe him and rushed inside the house. The children were all in bed but two had vomited, so he took them immediately to the hospital.

One of the children said his father powdered up some blue pellets which he then mixed with water and made them drink it. Their father later also drank the mixture

Officers said Mr Satian is a rehabilitated drug addict.

Hospital Doctors have said the children are ok and in a stable condition.


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