Police were today hunting a cruel mother who punished her young son by holding his head down with her foot and tying him to railings with plastic cord.
The angry woman was spotted yelling at her son outside a food market in the Nonthaburi province near Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday evening.
She makes him bend double while straddling the railings then wraps the thick plastic style string around his head, arms and back.
The petrified young lad is heard gasping ”I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” as the woman pins his head down with her foot.
But she refuses to let go and the lad, believed to be around five years old, remains tied to the white roadside railings while crying after the incident at around 10pm.
A shocked onlooker – who was too afraid to step in and help – recorded the clip which has since been viewed more than two million times.
She passed it to Thai authorities who published it online are now trying to trace the mother.
Corporal Rangsan Namsang said: ‘’The mother has a bad heart. She was seen at the entrance to the temple near the Park Kret market.
‘’She does something really bad. Is this really what a mum should do? The only way the lady could help was by taking the video and sharing it.
‘’Listen to the kid, he says ‘I cannot breathe, I cannot breath’. The woman can help the kid a little but by taking picture, but they did not have the chance to get involved.
‘’The police are already trying to find the bad mother. The boy was released after the mum was happy with the punishment. It would have been about two or three minutes.”
The boy is understood to have been released a short time later by the mother after she was satisfied with the punishment.
Corporal Namsang said that the authorities had been alerted to the footage and are likely to to start an investigation to trace the mother.