A 28 year old Indonesian father has been arrested after biting his son to death. The man had taken his son to Losari Beach, in the city of Makassar, on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, as part of a day trip when the incident occurred. The father had apparently tried to show his son affection, but the four year old grumbled and pushed him away so he grabbed the boy and gnawed on him in annoyance. He claims the child was 'cute enough to eat', which is why he attacked him in such an odd way. The father, referred to by police as HB, claimed the child had been in a motorcycle accident to explain away the wounds but it was obvious to police that his story didn't add up.
Police suspected he was lying after they carried out an autopsy on the tragic youngster, and found that there were no injuries that were consistent with a road traffic accident and he was instead covered in bite marks. The child had been hanging onto consciousness when he was brought in to hospital, but passed away after his mother was called to see him. The father was grilled by police, who suspected he might have killed the child, and eventually admitted to biting the boy several times at the fated trip on Saturday. He used the term "gemes"when defending himself, which is an Indonesian word that describes the urge to bite or pinch something cute.
"Gemes" can also describe the desire to inflict physical abuse due to annoyance and the father claims he was experiencing both of the definitions of the word when he killed his son, saying: "I bit him because I was really gemes seeing my child." Local media have reported that the father was frequently annoyed with his child for withholding physical affection. It isn't yet known how many times the boy was bitten, but HB could face 15 years in prison for murder.