A 20-year-old father in Thailand, who was angry at his wife, hanged their 11-month-old daughter while filming it on Facebook Live before committing suicide.
Videos of the murder were up for 24 hours on Wuttisan Wongtalay’s Facebook page before they were removed around 5 p.m. local time in Bangkok on Tuesday.
“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim,” a Singapore-based Facebook spokesman told Reuters in an email. “There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed.”
The disturbing video showed Wuttisan tying a rope around his daughter Natalie’s neck, and then dropping the child from the rooftop of an abandoned building in Phuket, Thailand.
“You can hear the girl crying [on the video] and finally the crying stops. Then he pulls her up onto the rooftop and unties the rope from her neck,” a local police officer said Tuesday, according to VICE News.
Captain Jullaus Suvannin of Sakoo Police said the father then took his own life, and his body was discovered next to his daughter.
“He was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” Jullaus was quoted as saying.
Jiranuch Triratana, Wuttisan’s wife, who had lived with her husband for over a year, said their relationship was fine at first, but he eventually became violent.
Sometimes he would beat the woman’s 5-year-old son from her previous marriage.
“I was afraid he would hurt our daughter even though he loved her,” she said.
Police requested that Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy contact Facebook headquarters to remove the videos by Tuesday afternoon.
Somsak Khaosuwan, a spokesman for the ministry, told Reuters that the government does not plan to take any legal action against social networking service.
“We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and they acted according to their protocol when we sent our request. They cooperated very well,” the spokesman explained.
The killing may be the first in Thailand to be broadcast on social media, according to deputy police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen.
“It could be influenced by behavior from abroad, most recently in Cleveland,” Kissana said, referring to a post of the deadly shooting of a man in Cleveland, Ohio that was up for two hours before being removed.
The two videos from Thailand had been viewed more than 370,000 times.