A 51-year-old Thailand woman,Jitrlada Tantiwanitchasuk who served prison stabbings of 4 girls in Bangkok has turned herself in to police after allegedly stabbing a 5 year old girl to death.
The 5-year-old girl was stabbed in her abdomen with a paring knife in front of a food stall in Nakhon Chai Si district on Sunday and later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Little Tiprada was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead. Shortly afterward Jitrlada surrendered herself at the local police station.
According to source, Salee Uanmin, the girl’s 49 year old grandmother, runs a food stall at a house which she rents from Jitrlada’s mother.
Salee told police she was filling an order for six boxes of food from Jitrlada. She had put steamed rice into the boxes when she saw her 5 year old granddaughter, Tiprada Homsuwan, had fallen from her bed, and noticed her chest was bleeding.
“I believe it must be Jitrlada because there’s no one else at the moment,” Salee said. “I have been selling food here for more than 30 years and I’m renting out the land from Jitrlada’s mother. I know her well, but I couldn’t believe that she would attack the girl because she appeared to be normal in recent days.”
Police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said the attacker, Jitrlada Tantiwanitchasuk, has a history of mental illness and is now under custody.
Her family said that she had been treated for mental illness for 20 years and was previously imprisoned for eight years after stabbing four Saint Joseph Convent School students .
Hospital director Sarutbandhu Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhaya said Jitrlada was discharged from the hospital on March 17 after she showed improvement in her treatment.
Jitrlada was previously arrested in September 2005 after she went into Saint Joseph’s Convent School in Bangkok and stabbed four students there.
She pled guilty to attempted murder and served four years in prison. After her release she was sent for treatment at a mental health institution, Galya Rajanagarindra Institute