The little boy, who has not been named, was taken to the hospital on Friday night, unconscious and with bruises all over his body. He was given emergency treatment and put on oxygen before being transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. He died there the following morning at 8:30.
Police were called in and an autopsy was performed that revealed the child had been beaten so hard that his liver and other internal organs were ruptured.
Pol Lt Col Prakob Boonkuan of Tah Chat Chai Police Station said, “The boy was living with relatives on his father’s side in Thalang because his parents were divorced.
“Our investigation team is trying to find who beat the child, but the relatives are not cooperating at all.”
The child’s body was sent to the forensic laboratory in Surat Thani to pin down the exact cause of death.