Court issues arrest warrant for Nong Chompoo’s uncle over toddler’s death
The Mukdahan provincial court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Chaipol Wipa, the uncle of 3-year-old Nong Chompoo, over her death.
The child had gone missing from her home in a village near Phu Phao Yon in the province on May 10 last year, and her naked body was found on May 14 in a forest about 2 kilometres away.
Just a month after the incident, Chaipol “Uncle Pol” Wipa, a key suspect in the case, became an internet sensation after a news agency portrayed the toddler’s uncle as a misunderstood, innocent man. He not only went on to win support from people across the country but also received job offers from the entertainment industry.
The warrant listed three charges against Chaipol – taking a minor under 15 from her parents, abandoning a child aged under nine, which resulted in her death, and altering the body or crime scene before an autopsy was completed.
A news source reported that officers found three strands of hair at the scene. A DNA test confirmed they belonged to Chaipol.
National Police Chief Pol General Suwat Chaengyodsuk will hold a press conference later on Wednesday.