Jordanian arrested for drowning toddler son in Pattaya Bay

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Jordanian Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat has been arrested for allegedly strapping his 21-month-old son into his stroller and drowning him in Pattaya Bay. Here, he reenacts the crime for police.
Jordanian Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat has been arrested for allegedly strapping his 21-month-old son into his stroller and drowning him in Pattaya Bay. Here, he reenacts the crime for police.

A Jordanian father was arrested for allegedly strapping his 21-month-old son into his stroller and drowning him in Pattaya Bay.

Immigration Police chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachet Hakpal and top officers from Provincial Police Region 2, Chonburi and Pattaya police announced the capture of Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat, 52, March 12.

Surachet said the Jordanian confessed to dropping his son Omar’s stroller into the sea near Bali Hai Pier after dark on March 8 without telling his wife. The child’s body was found three nights later.

His devastated mother, Adyan Mohammad Mahmoud Badawi, 24, is now under the care of doctors at Chonburi Hospital. Zureikat, meanwhile, was charged with malicious murder.

Police said Zureikat killed his son after a day of fighting with his wife. He told police that he never wanted a child in the first place, he didn’t want to visit Thailand and was angry over the cost of the trip his young wife wanted.

The Jordanian physically assaulted his wife on March 7 and, still angry, killed Omar the next day, police said. He initially denied the accusation, saying he didn’t know where his child was, then confessed under interrogation, Surachet said.