Turkish footballer admits to killing coronavirus-stricken son

A footballer would have admitted to murdering his son because he thought the child did not love him, police said.

Cevher Toktas, who played in Turkey’s Super Lig between 2007 and 2009, told the officers that he had smothered his five-year-old Kasim.

The 32-year-old had taken his son to the Dortcelik Children’s Hospital in the city of Bursa on April 23 because the boy had breathing difficulties and a high fever.

Fearing they had the coronavirus, the father and son were quarantined by doctors.

Later that day, Toktas told doctors that Kasim found it more difficult to breathe and was taken to intensive care.

He died a short time later.

Doctors estimate the child’s death at Covid-19.

Just 11 days after Kasim’s death, Toktas drove to a local police station to explain that he had smothered the boy, Demiroren news agency reported.

An official statement from Toktas, issued by the Prosecutor’s Bursa Bureau, said: “I pressed a pillow on my son that was on his back. For 15 minutes I pressed the pillow without lifting it up.

“My son was having a hard time at the time. After he stopped moving, I lifted the cushion. Then I called to doctors to help clear all suspicions.

“I never loved my youngest son after he was born. I don’t know why I don’t love him. The only reason I killed him that day is because I didn’t like him. I have no mental problems. “

The defender, who most recently played for amateur team Bursa Yildirim Sport, denied that he had any mental health problems.

Authorities reportedly want Kasim’s body exhumed for an autopsy.


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