Sambor district police chief Bun Chhoeun sent a doctor to the Kratie provincial police station on Monday after an infant he treated died only minutes after receiving medicine on Sunday.
Chhoeun told The Post that the suspect, 40-year-old Dr Phat Pitou, lives in Sambor commune and district. The three-month-old infant lived in the district’s Kampong Cham commune with his parents.
On Sunday morning, Sambor district police received a complaint from Horn Bunnarith, 29, the father of the deceased infant. The complaint said that on Sunday, Bannarith and his wife took their infant son to Pitou’s clinic.
Pitou told police that the infant died in his clinic but he had followed procedure when treating him.
Choeun said the couple took their son to the clinic because he had a stuffy nose and was having trouble breathing.
Pitou, Choeun said, administered an unknown medicine using a nasal spray machine to the infant, who died several minutes later.
“The doctor told me that he did not give an injection to the infant and does not know why he died,” he said.
According to commune police chief Ngem Sok, Pitou also works at the Sambor commune hospital.
Sok said the infant was in good spirits upon arrival at the clinic and seemed normal.
Pitou then checked his symptoms and administered the medicine. The infant’s parents said they did not know which medicine the doctor used.
Several minutes later, the infant died. After the infant’s death, Pitou did not advise his parents to take any further action, Sok said.
Unable to solicit any further assistance from Pitou, the parents took their son to the district police office. Authorities reported the case to the provincial court, which then ordered police to arrest Pitou, Sok said.