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Rescued toddler in Chiang Mai is improving but needs counselling

Gina, the young kidnap victim, is recuperating satisfactorily in a hospital, in Chiang Mai province, and has allowed her parents to hug her again today (Thursday).

The toddler’s father said that Gina is eating normally and appears to be fresher and healthier than yesterday, but a doctor said that she needs to be kept under observation by a psychiatrist, who will help in rehabilitating her after her ordeal.

He said that the child had suffered minor cuts, insect and mosquito bites all over her body when she was found in a jungle hut, about a kilometre from their village in a valley in Mae Taeng district, three days after her disappearance from home on Sunday night.

Suriya said he and his wife are happy to have their daughter back safe and sound.

As for the suspect, an illegal immigrant from Myanmar, who lives in the same village, he said that he will leave the matter to the police.

Pol Maj-Gen Veerachon Boonthavee, the investigative commander of 5th Provincial Police Bureau, said today that no charges have been filed against the suspect yet, as police are still waiting for forensic reports, although the suspect had admitted that he abducted the toddler.

The suspect has implicated his daughter in law as being the mastermind of the abduction, but she has dismissed the allegation.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

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