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Missing toddler ‘Gina’ narrowly rescued from offering to forest spirits

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Missing toddler “Gina” from Chiang Mai was found safe in a nearby hut around noon this afternoon.

The toddler had been missing for more than three days, a Myanmar man confessed to kidnapping the child and leaving her in a cave about 2 miles away as an offering to ghosts.

The rescue proceedings were streamed live on Facebook and showed how police found 23-month-old Ponsiri Wongsilaoongruang alias “Gina”, who had been missing from her home since Sunday night.

The toddler had suddenly disappeared from her home in the remote village of Ban Huay Fak Dab in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng district.

Police and villagers have been searching for the child for the past three days, but to no avail. The search teams had also used police dogs, air search drones and helicopters to comb the area, but they were also unsuccessful.

However, the police made no progress until Gina’s father, Suriya, told police about his neighbour, a 44-year-old Myanmar national named Siew. Apparently, Gina loved Siew and was often seen in and around his house.

This morning, after hours of intensive interrogation, the suspect finally confessed that he had taken Gina to a cave about 2 miles away as an offering to the forest and mountain spirits. The baby was found in a nearby cabin with no signs of injury and is otherwise in excellent health.

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