11 July 2024

The parents of the 7-year-old schoolgirl, who died in a locked van at a school in Chon Buri’s Pan Thong district on Tuesday, petitioned the Justice Ministry today (Thursday), seeking a second autopsy to confirm the actual cause of their daughter’s death.

Methika, the victim’s mother, told the media at the Justice Ministry that she doubts the information provided to her by a representative of the school and sees inconsistencies with original autopsy report.

She said that she was told by the school that her daughter died from heat stroke, after being locked in the van from the morning until late in the afternoon, but the doctor found bruises on her left hand and legs.

She said that she didn’t notice the bruises in her daughter during a shower she took before she went to school on Tuesday and suspects that the bruises might have occurred after leaving home.

She also said that she is yet to receive the full details about the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death from the school, adding that she found her neatly dressed and clean when she first saw her body.

Secretary to the justice minister, Thanakit Jitarrerat, who received the petition letter, told the parents that he would pass it, and their concerns, to the Central Institute of Forensic Science for investigation.

He said that that the parents can request another autopsy if they so desire, adding that the ministry is ready to provide them with a lawyer and compensation, not exceeding 110,000 baht.

The little girl’s remains have now been transferred from the Police General Hospital to Thammasat University Hospital for a second autopsy.