BANGKOK — A 43-year-old man confessed Tuesday to stomping a 7-year-old boy’s head because he thought the child made his son cry.
Amnat Salubthong was behind bars Wednesday after security footage from a housing complex in northeastern Bangkok went viral, showing him run down the stairs and charge at the 7-year-old, who was playing with his 6-year-old son.
He kicked the child repeatedly before taking his son back upstairs to his apartment on Panya-Ramintra Road in the Khlong Sam Wa district.
“Amnat came to the police station yesterday and admitted he assaulted the kid,” Maj. Saowaluck Suwanmanee of Khanna Yao police said Wednesday. The boy was treated at the hospital and has recovered from his injuries. His father said he was still traumatized and was vomiting.
After turning himself in, Amnat told police he ran down from his fifth floor room to where the children were playing because he heard his son crying. He admitted to brutalizing the child because he could not control his rage.
Police were gathering evidence in order to file charges against Amnat later today, Maj. Saowaluck said.