Banteay Meanchey provincial military police on Sunday arrested a father who allegedly tortured and beat his four-year-old son and forced him to beg around Poipet city.
Second Lieutenant Nak Kimheng, a provincial military police officer, yesterday said that the father was arrested following a video clip posted online on December 6 which showed him beating his child because he was angry that he did not get any money from begging.
Major Noun Ninaro, Poipet city military police chief, yesterday said that police acted upon the video, which went viral.
“We saw the clip being shared on social media which showed a four-year-old boy being beaten, tortured and forced to beg around the city,” he said. “After watching the clip, we requested for permission from the provincial military police commander to intervene.”
“After receiving approval, I led a team to investigate the case and arrested the 36-year-old father in Poipet commune,” Maj Ninaro added.
He noted that the suspect admitted torturing his son and was sent to the provincial military police headquarters for further action.
Maj Ninaro said that police sent the boy to live with his 64-year-old grandmother who lives in the same commune and also donated rice, canned fish, fish sauce and salt to her because she is poor.
Major Men Phirum, a provincial military police officer, yesterday said that the father confessed that he forced the boy to beg because he needed money to buy drugs.
“The suspect confessed that he tortured his son when he could not beg for money, which he needed to buy drugs and alcohol,” he said. “According to the nature of the crime, the suspect can be charged for violence and torture on children and we are now preparing documents to send him to court.”