The Thai mother of the baby girl killed in a Facebook Live video says she watched in horror as her husband hung their child from an abandoned building.
Jiranuj Trairat, 21, said on Monday she was with her cousin, who was looking at his phone, when he started hysterically screaming her 11-month-old daughter’s name, Beta.
“I was panicked, too, from my cousin’s reaction,” Jiranuj told CNN. “I grabbed his phone.”
She told her cousin to call the police but felt powerless as she watched the harrowing livestream of her husband, Wuttisan Wongtalay, tying a rope around their child’s neck.
“I knew something very bad was about to happen,” Jiranuj told CNN.
The mom said she rushed back to their home in Phuket, Thailand, but was too late. Her husband had killed their daughter before taking his own life.
“I saw that live picture around 5 p.m., and when I arrived it was 6 p.m.,” Jiranuj said. “And it was too late.”
Jiranuj said that she does not blame Facebook for her daughter’s tragic fate. Critics slammed the social media giant for allowing users to view the disturbing video for 24 hours before removing it.
“I am not angry at Facebook or blaming them on this,” she told the Associated Press. “I understand that people shared the video because they were outraged and saddened by what happened.”
Facebook announced earlier this month the site is creating real-time suicide prevention tools.
“We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.