WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 2-year-old girl fell into a crocodile pit on Monday and was eaten alive by the reptiles in the family’s farm in Cambodia.
- Rom Roath Neary allegedly wandered away while her mom was caring for her newborn. She was discovered missing when her father returned home from work.
- The father found his child’s skull stripped of flesh in a concrete enclosure where the crocodiles were kept, Siem Reap commune police said.
A 2-year-old girl was eaten alive Monday morning after falling into a pit full of crocodiles on her family farm, according to authorities in Cambodia.
Rom Roath Neary allegedly wandered away from the house near Siem Reap while her mom was busy caring for her newborn baby.
The toddler’s father, Min Min, returned home from work around 10 in the morning and began looking for his missing daughter.
To his horror, he discovered a skull stripped of flesh on the ground of a concrete enclosure where the crocodiles swim in a pool. He later confirmed it was his daughter’s skull.
Disturbing pictures of the child’s mother, Nay Is, were released by local media, showing the mother-of-three breaking down in tears as she hugged her daughter’s remains.
Police Chief Capt. Chem Chamnan said: “Her father found only her skull in the crocodile enclosure, where she was killed by crocodiles.”
Officers said Rom had been at home with her mother, who had recently given birth and was caring for the newborn.
She left the house undetected and went to play near the crocodile farm, which is just behind their house.
The family had recently built a fence around the 10-foot-high concrete pool, but there were still gaps where children can fit into.
Lt. Och Sophen, chief of Siem Reap commune police, said the mother “lost sight of” 2-year-old Rom.
He added: “When the father came back home, he couldn’t find his daughter in the house. He found a skull in the crocodile enclosure.
“He confirmed that the daughter fell into the crocodile enclosure and that the crocodiles killed her, leaving only her skull.”
Police warned other families to take extra care to prevent small children from getting into crocodile farms.
The reptiles are kept on a farm to produce leather and meat.
Source: New York Post