A Turkish footballer who allegedly confessed to smothering his five-year-old son to death in hospital because he “didn’t love him” has asked to be released from custody early claiming he did not actually commit the crime…
Central defender Cevher Toktas, 32, who previously played in Turkey’s top-flight Super Lig, was arrested 11 days after his five-year-old son died at Dortcelik Children’s Hospital in the city of Bursa in north-western Turkey.
Toktas had taken his son to hospital on 23 April with a high fever and breathing difficulties, with the boy and father being placed into quarantine together as doctors feared the youngster had coronavirus.
Later that day, Toktas reportedly called the doctors telling them his son was having breathing difficulties. The youngster was rushed to intensive care but he died less than two hours later, according to local newspaper Daily Sabah.
However, 11 days after the incident Toktas reportedly went to a local police station and reportedly admitted he had smothered his son with a pillow in the hospital room when they were alone.
Daily Sabah report his statement read: “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.”
However, he has now asked for early release, with Daily Sabah reporting that the footballer claims he was not mentally well after his son’s death and “I gave my statement in that condition”.
His request was denied as prosecutors are still investigating the case and the final report on his son’s death is yet to be released.
This is heartbreaking.
Turkish football Player Cevher Toktas shockingly confessed to killing his 5-year-old son while he was being treated in a hospital for Coronavirus symptoms. 💔#COVID__19 #CoronvirusPandemic #SundayThoughts pic.twitter.com/WPFlKBD5CA
— EauLaLah💫 (@EauLaLah) May 17, 2020
Autopsy results still to be released
He is alleged to have told the investigators during his initial confession that he had killed the youngster because he “didn’t love him”, saying that he had never loved his youngest son “since he was born”.
The youngster was buried with in a makeshift grave but prosecutors later demanded an exhumation for an autopsy to be carried out. The results of the autopsy have not been released.
Toktas faces trial for murdering a close relative which can be punished by life in prison in Turkey.