Turkish football player murders five year old son with pillow
Turkish football player Cevher Toktas admitted to murdering his 5-year-old son, 11 days after it was officially ruled that the child had died of natural causes. Toktas, who previously played a single season in the top flight of football in Turkey, said he
smothered his child to death with a pillow.
The 33-year-old took his son Kasim to hospital on April 23 with a cough and a high fever, and both were quarantined as they were showing the usual signs of coronavirus.
Later in the day, Toktas called doctors into the boy's room saying he was having trouble breathing. The child was rushed to intensive care, but died. It was ruled he had passed away as a result of Covid-19 and he was buried, however, Toktas has now admitted he suffocated his own child to death with a pillow.
According to reports in Turkey, the former Hacettepe SK defender had handed himself in to Carsi Police Station, and gave a statement in which he said he had never loved his son and had killed him in hospital.
“I pressed a pillow on my son who was lying on his back. For 15 minutes, I pressed down on the pillow without lifting it up. My son was struggling during that time. After he stopped moving, I lifted the pillow.
Then I yelled for doctors to help to draw any suspicions away from me,” Cevher Toktas' statement read. Toktas said he killed his son because he simply “didn’t love him.”
“I never loved my younger son after he was born. I don’t know why I don’t love him. The sole reason why I killed him that day is because I didn’t like him. I don’t have any mental issues,” he said.He is awaiting trial, while his son's body has been exhumed for a new autopsy.