BURI RAM: A 43-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged rape of his niece's 5-year-old daughter at his house in Khan Dong district.
Local police took the man into custody after he surrendered to Khan Dong police on Wednesday, following a complaint by the girl’s mother, 26.
She alleged that her uncle, her mother's younger brother, had raped her young daughter, police said.
The 43-year-old suspect allegedly admitted having raped the girl. He said he called her in to play at his house around 11am on Monday. He took her to his bedroom, stripped the girl and then raped her. He said she had cried out in pain until he stopped 10 minutes later.
He said he raped the girl because his wife of 10 years had left him. He was lonely and drank heavily. When he saw the girl on Monday he became aroused and so called her into his house.
Thai media reported the girl ran crying and bleeding from the house to her grandmother, and told her what happened.
The woman took her grandchild to hospital for an examination, which confirmed the girl had been sexually abused. The girl's mother then filed a complaint against her uncle.
The suspect was taken for a crime re-enactment on Thursday.
He has been charged with four counts - sexually abusing a minor aged below 13, performing an obscene act on a girl aged below 15, taking a girl aged below 15 for an obscene act, and depriving a girl aged below 15 of parental care.
The man was due in court later on Thursday, when police would apply to detain him for another 12 days, and oppose bail.