A man hacked five children to death in the noon hours of Sunday, September 27, 2015 at a village in Chai Prakarn district of Chiang Mai province of Thailand.
A Police Lieutenant, Colonel Sombut Kalasuk from Chai Prakarn police said: “Five boys were killed by a mentally ill man using a chopping knife.
“The wounds were to their necks and heads — they were aged from five months to eight years old.”
A pregnant woman who survived the attack with stab wounds was taken to a hospital and reports by AFP have it that at least one of the children was related to her.
Three of the bodies were found inside the house while another was found dead next to a nearby fence. The fifth child died in hospital, police added.
Kalasuk did not immediately disclose what led the unidentified man to turn violent, but some reports claimed it was because he could no longer bear the noise that emanated from the children.
The suspect who had been arrested was said to be mentally challenged for which he had previously been treated in hospital.
A doctor at Suanprung Hospital in Chiang Mai confirmed that the man had recently been released after receiving treatment.
“He had been treated here for two weeks before he went home because he felt better,” said Paritat Silpakit, the hospital director.
Deputy general director of the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health, Panpimol Wipulakorn, said, “Inconsistency of medication and the distance from patients’ houses to hospitals is still a challenge.”