Reward, warrant issued stepfather accused of beating infant

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Deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Weerachai Srongmetha says an arrest warrant and 10,000-baht reward have been issued for the arrest of Chana Chaloemyat for allegedly brutalizing his 19-month-old stepdaughter.
Deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Weerachai Srongmetha says an arrest warrant and 10,000-baht reward have been issued for the arrest of Chana Chaloemyat for allegedly brutalizing his 19-month-old stepdaughter.

An arrest warrant and 10,000-baht reward have been issued for the arrest of a Pattaya man wanted for critically beating his 19-month-old stepdaughter.

Chana Chaloemyat, 31, fled the scene following the brutalizing of the baby girl while her 21-year-old mother was away.

The mother appealed for help to Paveena Hongsakula, director of the Paveena Foundation for Children and Women and has garnered the support of top Royal Thai Police officials.

The child suffered brain injuries and is now at Chonburi Hospital.

Deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Weerachai Srongmetha and Pol. Maj. Gen. Nantachart Supamongkol, commander of Chonburi Police, called on Banglamung Police Nov. 18 to demand an update on the investigation.

Weerachai directed investigators to a house on Sukhumvit Soi 6/1 to search for more evidence and interview neighbors about the possible whereabouts of the stepfather.

He claimed it was only a matter of time before the suspect either surrenders or is captured. Those providing information leading to his arrest can receive a 10,000-baht reward.