Thai police arrested a Jordanian man who confessed to murdering his one-year-old son by strapping the child into a stroller and pushing him into the Gulf of Thailand, the country's immigration head said Tuesday.
The alleged infanticide occurred in the seaside town of Pattaya, where 52-year-old Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat was holidaying with his wife and one-year-old son.
His arrest follows the discovery of the toddler's body on Monday by fishermen off Pattaya's main pier.
The couple had checked into a guest house on March 6, and the boy was taken two days later by the father -- who told his wife he was under the care of others.
His wife filed a complaint to the authorities, which led to the man's arrest.
"The father said he could not raise the boy and did not want to have children," Surachate said. "It is a heartbreaking story."
The Jordanian will be charged under Section 289 of Thailand's penal code for "intentional killing" of a child.
If found guilty, the maximum punishment is the death penalty.
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