Father warned for allegedly locking up, beating children

Friday, 14 March 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By  Patcharapol Panrak

A Sattahip car mechanic detained for imprisoning and beating his toddler daughters with coat hangers was set free by Sattahip police, apparently for lack of evidence.

Akachai Sornsuriya, 24, was taken into custody briefly March 4 after police rescued his 2- and 4-year-old girls from their filthy Sukhumvit Soi 3 home. The door was locked and windows barred by iron grates. The girls called desperately for food through the grating, which barred entry into a house strewn with garbage and spoiled food.

Police found the 2- and 4-year-old girls alone, inside their filthy Sukhumvit Soi 3 home.Police found the 2- and 4-year-old girls alone, inside their filthy Sukhumvit Soi 3 home.

Police game them bananas and sweets and called a district medical practitioner who examined their many bruises.

Somrak Charoensuk said Akachai’s ex-wife had left him with the children shortly after the youngest’s birth. Overworked by job and parental responsibilities, he left them locked up while away and, annoyed by their crying upon his return, allegedly beat them into silence with coat hangers.

Neighbors reported hearing their screams from houses away, but feared interfering, other than to sneak them food.

Over the protests of neighbors, police released Akachai with only a warning, claiming that his offenses were not serious enough to be considered child abuse. If the incidents continued, however, he would be arrested and charged, police warned.

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