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Dad plunges to death after daughter dies from Covid-19

An elderly man fell to his death from the three-storey building where he lived after his bed-ridden daughter was infected with the coronavirus disease and died.

Pengkee Sae Tia,  84, was found dead with severe head injuries on the pavement in front of the building on Soi Phayanak, off Banthadthong Road in Ratchathewi district, about 5am on Friday.

Pengkee’s 57-year-old daughter Pranee Hatthasothana was bed-ridden and had been infected with Covid-19, according to media reports.

When police and a medical team checked inside the building, she was found dead.   

After talking with neighbours, police said it appeared Pengkee became so depressed when his daughter died that he decided to take his own life. 

Relatives cast no doubts over his death. However, police planned to question them further.

TV 3 reported that the dead man’s son told police the daughter was infected by a building caretaker.

She tested positive on June 29 and was waiting for a hospital bed to become available so she could be treated.

Security camera footage showed the elderly man jumped from the second floor around 4am, according to the TV report.


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