A callous father killed his one-year-old son by tying his feet to a stroller and pushing him in the sea because he was angry at his wife for going out to party without him, police claim.
Jordanian tourist Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat, arrived in Pattaya, Thailand, with his partner but he was annoyed when she visited bars alone and left him to babysit.
The 52-year-old allegedly ‘decided to kill’ their son and tied the youngster’s feet to a stroller and tipped it off a pier at the weekend.
He then tried flee the country, police said, and the ‘sin city’ tourist destination where the alleged killing took place on Friday night.
Shocked locals yesterday discovered the tot floating in the sea and thought he was a ‘doll’.
Police say Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat tied his son into a pushchair and drowned him by pushing him into the sea
Police arrived and recovered the body – still strapped into the pushchair – before launching a manhunt for the father.
Speedboat captain Songsee Sunthornchai, 28, said: ‘I was taking tourists to an island and on the way back I noticed a body floating in the water.
‘I saw it from far away and thought it was a doll, but when I went closer I saw it was the body of a doll and called police.’
Zureikat was arrested at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok last night while allegedly acting suspiciously and trying to board a plane.
Officers today took him on a crime re-enactment in the early hours of the morning.
Zureikat was pictured pointing to a gogo bar where he argued with his wife and then pointing to the spot on the dock where he allegedly pushed off his baby in the pram.
Police arrived at the scene in Pattaya, Thailand, and pulled the body of the one-year-old boy who was allegedly pushed in the sea by his father
Jordanian tourist Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat showing police the spot on the pier where he pushed the child in the water as part of a reconstruction
Officers said the holidaymaker arrived with his wife but he was annoyed that she went out partying alone after promising to look after their child.
He wanted her to babysit while he visited nightlife spots, but then ‘decided to kill’ his son in a fit of anger, police said.
So he took his infant son to Bali Hai Pier on Friday night, then returned to the couple’s hotel room and regretted what he had done, according to local media.
When his wife could not find the boy, he still did not tell her what happened, according to reports.
The tourist was taken back to Pattaya and during interrogation allegedly confessed in the early hours of this morning to having killed his son.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Piyapong Ensarn said: ‘Police were notified of the body floating in the water at the Bali Hai Pier and we arrived at the scene to check.
In the early hours of the morning today, Zureikat was taken by police to re-enact the incident
‘There was a young child between one years old and two years old who had been dead for two or three days.
‘The body was examined and found that the left leg was tied to a wheelchair and found no signs of being hurt.
‘The case progressed and at 10am on March 12, we co-operated with police forces to arrest the Jordanian tourist. He confessed to killing his son by tying him to a stroller and pushing him into the water.
‘He said he had been to Pattaya many times and his wife had agreed to look after the baby. She went outside to bars to party and he did not want to stay alone looking after their son.
‘He said he decided to kill the boy then try to fly home but he was captured at the airport.’