Girl, 13, Murdered, Disemboweled in Battambang

Police in Battambang province are investigating the brutal killing of a 13-year-old girl whose disemboweled body was discovered dumped in a pit near her Kamrieng district home Monday, police said Wednesday.

An unknown villager found the body of the girl, who according to her parents had been missing since Saturday morning, said Nop Porn, deputy district police chief.

“It’s difficult to look at her body,” Nop Porn said.

Police believe the girl may have been pregnant and that whoever killed her may have removed her unborn fetus, he said.

The police investigation has been difficult as the child’s family only reported that she was missing after the body was found and has been uncooperative in the investigation, Nop Porn said.

“The parents won’t tell police the reason she left home,” he said.

Yin Mengly, provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc, said he was unfamiliar with the case.

But Yin Mengly added that re­moving a fetus from a pregnant female was not unheard of.

Some believe that magic amulets made from unborn fetuses help the owner to see the future, Yin Meng­ly said.


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