Alleged Child Thief Burned in Siem Reap

Siem Reap: A suspect was arrested after a child suffered chemical burns.

The incident took place at 11 am on March 22, 2019 in Kok Kompong village, Roeung commune, Ponhea district, Siem Reap province, and was shared across Facebook.

The suspect was named as Tea Moeut,39 years old. The boy named Pon Prin, a 9-year-old neighbor, lives in the same village.

According to the police, the suspect was angry after the boy allegedly stole 20,000 riels ($5) of his money, so took a bottle of gasoline (*originally reported as battery acid) and poured it on the boy’s shirt, causing the victim to suffer chemical burns. The attacker also injured their own hand.

Lt. Col. Tith Narong said that the victim was rescued on time and sent to Jayavarman VII Hospital.

The suspect will be sent to court.

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