The case of the woman who forced her young son to drink bleach to gain sympathy and sell products online has taken an even more sinister twist as police consider that she may be involved in human trafficking.
The woman, Nittha Wongwan, aged 29 from Pathum Thani, was arrested last week following a report filed by doctors at Thammasat University Hospital saying they believed she had deliberately poisoned her toddler.
The young boy had been admitted to the hospital with severe illness including vomiting blood and injuries present in his gastrointestinal tract.
Doctors told police that the same woman had brought a 4-year-old girl into the hospital with similar conditions. Unfortunately, the young girl passed away from the illness and it later emerged she had been adopted by the woman.
Police are now investigating whether the young boy is Ms. Wongwan’s biological son and are conducting DNA tests to discover if the two are related.
Their suspicions were raised after revelations of the young girl’s death and now police believe that the woman may be involved in human trafficking to benefit her personal wealth.
Police have also confiscated chemicals found in the woman’s home and are testing whether they are the same substances that were ingested by the young boy.
Deputy Chief of the Crime Suppression Division’s (CSD) subdivision 4, Pol Lt Col Natthaphong Koetiam, said that they need evidence that the chemicals from the woman’s home match those in the boy’s system. He continued:
“Apparently, the boy swallowed a liquid that burned his lips and damaged his digestive tract. A medical report found the boy is not suffering from a genetic disorder as claimed by his mother.”
Ms. Wongwan had use pictures and videos of the boy and the young girl to gain sympathy from people on social media to collect donations for medical bills and sell products including face masks.
She has admitted to fraud to denies charges relating to poising the young children.
Source: Bangkok Post