Boy raised by dog dies on welfare

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Two-year-old Prateep Chumnoon made headlines in the Thai media last year when he was taken from his impoverished 60-year-old grandmother who regularly left him in the care of her pet.

The toddler’s body was discovered early Sunday morning inside a high plastic container used for laundry at a welfare centre in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, local police said.

Welfare officials reportedly removed Prateep from his grandmother’s care after neighbours alerted them that the boy had began making dog, rather than human, sounds.

A police spokesman said the boy had died from injuries that might have been caused by a fall into the container.