A man seen kicking and strangling his 5-year-old son in a widely shared video has been tracked down by local authorities and admitted to being under the influence of drugs.
Peerasak, 30, whose last name was withheld, was presented at a press conference yesterday at the Hat Yai Police Station in Songkhla province after the video of him beating his son while trying to help him with math homework enraged many online.
The boy’s mother posted the video to Facebook on Saturday as a cry for help, saying she had no courage to go to the police herself.
Peerasak said he feels sorry for what happened and did it because he was angry that his son could not memorise what he taught. He was also under stress from losing his job and the influence of drugs.
He added he would like to see his son and apologize to the boy.
Peerasak has been charged with taking illicit drugs, assault and child abuse while the Thai Giving organization will investigate the family’s living conditions and arrange therapy sessions for the boy, who remains traumatized by the incident, Khaosod reported.
Warning: Scenes of violence against a child