Man Murders Infant Daughter, Kills Self On Facebook Live

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A man in Thailand reportedly live streamed himself on Facebook Monday killing his 11-month-old child and then committing suicide.

The disturbing footage shows the father, Wuttisan Wongtalay, on a rooftop of a deserted building tying a rope to his daughter’s neck before dropping the infant, according to Reuters.

Wuttisan’s suicide allegedly could not be seen through Facebook Live, the company’s live streaming service, but Lt. Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer taking the lead on the case, said viewers saw the body lying lifeless next to the deceased baby.

The video was reportedly up and could be seen for approximately 24 hours.

“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim,” a Singapore-based Facebook spokesman told Reuters. “There is absolutely no place for content of this kind on Facebook and it has now been removed.”

It is not exactly known yet what caused the man to murder the infant and take his own life, but police believe it stemmed from relationship disputes.

“He was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” Suvannin told Reuters.

The wife said that he had previously been violent, even hitting her five-year-old son from a prior marriage.

A number of crimes and horrific situations have occurred on social media lately, specifically on Facebook Live. (RELATED: ‘Chicago Four’ Who Streamed Torture Of Mentally Handicapped ‘White Boy’ Plead Not Guilty)

Two different young girls both younger than 15 took their own lives while using a live streaming service. An actor did the same, committing suicide in Hollywood earlier this year during a session on Facebook’s live streaming service.

Three men were arrested in January on suspicion of gang-raping an unconscious Swedish woman while broadcasting it on Facebook Live. (RELATED: Detroit Residents Celebrate Easter Weekend By Curb Stomping Fellow Citizens [VIDEO])

A gunman in Cleveland shot and killed an elderly man and then posted the content on Facebook earlier this month. While it was originally falsely reported that the perpetrator (popularly known as the “Facebook Killer”) used Facebook Live, the founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took time to address the situation last week.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr., and we have a lot of work — and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook announced in early March that it plans on rolling out several new features to help prevent suicides, including “live chat support from crisis support organizations” through its proprietary Messenger app.

There is no scientific evidence yet, though, that Facebook and other live streaming platforms are directly empowering people to commit crimes or suicide by giving them an audience and if these people would have done so regardless of the technology.

“We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and they acted according to their protocol when we sent our request,” Somsak Khaosuwan, a Thailand ministry spokesperson, told Reuters. “They cooperated very well.”

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