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Man held in killing of girl, 6

Suspect seen on security footage

Police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and killing a six-year-old girl.

Footage from security cameras in Bang Na in Bangkok showed the man walking with a girl reported as missing by her parents since December 6.

Bang Na police said yesterday they had received a report from police in Nong Khai that the suspect in the case had been arrested.

"We are on our way to Nong Khai to pick him up. We will bring him back to Bangkok to face justice," an officer at Bang Na police station said.

On December 6, the girl went to a concert with her father. He said his daughter fell asleep during the performance so he decided to take her to his friend's vehicle so she could get a proper sleep. He went back to see the concert. When he returned to the vehicle, he found his daughter was gone.

"I am so sorry. I should not have left you in the vehicle," the father lamented as he broke into tears yesterday.

The father was overwhelmed with grief when police led him to an vacant lot on Sukhumvit 105 (Soi La Salle), where his daughter's bloodstained T-shirt and a human skull was found.

The girl's mother fainted at the scene and needed first aid.

Bang Na Police superintendent Col Tawatkiat Jindakuansanong led a team of police to inspect the scene. They also brought along two sniffer dogs.

"The suspect will face a charge of taking a minor away from her guardians," Tawatkiat said. "More charges will be pressed against him if DNA test confirms that the skull belongs to the missing girl."

The Young Children Development for Rehabilitation Centre, which is a part of the Foundation for Rehabilitation & Development of Children and Family (Fordec), said it had been trying to locate the girl, as she had been under the foundation's care for about three years already.

"We have usually taught our students not to go anywhere with a stranger. We usually tell our students that if any stranger threatens them, they must immediately cry for help or run for help," the centre's head Supailee Kongsaengbutr said.

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