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Man Hangs Baby Girl on Facebook Live Then Kills Self

Facebook calls it an 'appalling incident'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2017 2:35 PM CDT
Man Hangs Baby Girl on Facebook Live Then Kills Self
A 20-year-old man hanged his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live before killing himself Monday in Thailand.   (AP Photo/James H. Collins, File)

(Newser) – A 20-year-old man streamed himself hanging his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live before killing himself Monday evening in a vacant hotel in Thailand, the AP reports. According to the New York Times, a four-minute video shows a crying Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a noose around his daughter's neck and dropping her over the side of the hotel in Phuket. Family members—including the baby's mother—saw the video and called police, the BBC reports. Officers arrived to find Wongtalay having hanged himself as well. Police say Wongtalay was jealous and upset with his wife, who he had accused of being with another man.

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The video of Wongtalay killing his daughter was on Facebook for about 20 hours before the company removed it. Facebook sent condolences to the family, calling the incident "appalling." "Our hearts go out to the family of the victim," Facebook said in a statement. The company had already promised to review its Facebook Live procedures this month after a man in Cleveland streamed himself killing an elderly man. Facebook Live has also seen live-streamed sex abuse, rape, suicide, and child abuse this year. (Read more Facebook Live stories.)

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