Police said that a man from Thailand filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in two video clips posted on Facebook live before committing suicide, Reuters reported.
The harrowing footage from Thailand showed a 21-year-old name Wuttisan Wongtalay, tying a rope to his daughter Natalie’s neck before dropping the child, dressed in a bright pink dress, from the rooftop of a deserted building in the seaside town of Phuket, reportedly after an argument with his wife.
Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer in charge of the case, said that Wuttisan’s suicide was not broadcast but his lifeless body was found beside his daughter.
He also told Reuters that the man was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him.
Jiranuch Triratana, Wuttisan’s wife, told Reuters she had lived with him for over a year in a good relationship, but he had grew violent and sometimes hit her 5-year-old son from a previous husband. She told Reuters by thru phone from the funeral: “I was afraid he would hurt our daughter even though he loved her.”
According to Reuters, two videos were posted on the father’s Facebook page, at 16:50 (09:50 GMT) and 16:57 on Monday, and were taken down at about 17:00 on Tuesday, roughly 24 hours later.
The footage of the Thai killing had also been available on video sharing website YouTube, but the company took it down after the BBC alerted it to its presence.
Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy spokesman Somsak Khaosuwan told Reuters that they contacted Facebook on Tuesday afternoon about removing the videos after receiving a police request. They said they will not be pressing charges against the company.
After the company faced a backlash for showing the video of the Cleveland killing, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would do all it could to prevent such content in the future.
Relatives of the Thai man, Wuttisan Wongtalay, saw the distressing footage and alerted the police – but the authorities arrived too late to save him and his daughter.
Thai social media users voiced outrage about the clips of the child’s killing, and are offering condolences to the family. Relatives of the child, including the mother, picked up the body of the girl and her father from hospital.
The killing was the first in Thailand known to be broadcast on the social networking site, said deputy police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen.