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Myanmar man charged three times in Chiang Mai kidnapping case of “Nong Gina”


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Myanmar man charged three times in Chiang Mai kidnapping case of “Nong Gina”

A 44-year-old Myanmar national allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a toddler in Chiang Mai was charged last Saturday with kidnapping and detaining the child, as well as illegally staying in Thailand.

Colonel Kriengsak Wonguthai, Superintendent of Bo Luang Provincial Police Station, said police will enforce immigration laws to detain the Myanmar man for investigation until the case is closed.

The toddler, Ponsiri Wongsilaroongruang aka “Gina” went missing on Aug. 5 from her home in the remote village of Ban Huay Fak Dab in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng district.

Three days later, a Myanmar national – who was a friend of the toddler’s father – confessed to police that he had kidnapped the child and left her in a cave two miles away.

The missing Gina was found safely around noon that same day.

Police suspect, there are other people involved in the alleged kidnapping. The arrested Myanmar man has told police that relatives of Gina’s mother had lured him with drugs to kidnap the child.

Last Saturday, police questioned the villagers and collected evidence from the village for forensics to find the others involved in the case.

However, they couldn’t find the red pants that Gina had been wearing the day she disappeared.

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