Child drowned as model mother, Wiyada Pontawee partied

A two-year-old boy has drowned in a villa swimming pool while his model mum reportedly partied with friends at a photoshoot nearby.


Wiyada Pontawee, 26, and her photographer husband took toddler Chawanakon Hancharoenpanna to a house in Pattya, Thailand on Valentine’s Day.

Child drowned as model mother, Wiyada Pontawee partied

It is reported that several other adult models attended the party, which doubled as a photo shoot for Pontawee and other attendees.


Wiyada, whose nickname is “Soda”, posed in front of the pool in a revealing black bikini and another of her on a snooker table with her legs spread.


As she posed during the photoshoot, Chawanakon Hancharoenpanna and his brother are seen splashing about in the swimming pool nearby.

Chawanakon, who was only two days from his third birthday, tragically drowned in the pool later that evening while his mother was reportedly working inside, taking photos and videos indoors.

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Child drowned as model mother, Wiyada Pontawee partied

Chawanakon’s father heard him struggling in the water and they called emergency services around 10pm on Feb 14, 2022.


Medics performed CPR on the youngster who was taken to hospital and sadly pronounced dead later that evening.


Wiyada said: “I’m heartbroken. I don’t want to live anymore. I am praying to bring my son back to life.”

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The boy’s father, Pongrit Hancharoenpanna, told paramedics that he and his wife “were working” at the time of the accident.

Child drowned as model mother, Wiyada Pontawee partied
Wiyada Pontawee

Speaking from the scene, he said: “I was working when it happened. Then I heard the sound from the water and saw my boy in the pool. He was choking, so I jumped in to help him but it was too late.”


A spokesperson for the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Rescue Service said they received a report of a child drowning, in critical condition, in a pool villa house, in the upmarket Pratumnak area of Pattaya City.

They added: “At the scene, the father and mother carried the body of a two-year-old boy and asked for help at the entrance of the villa.


“Rescue workers tried to help and pumped the heart to try and save his life.


“His father and mother were weeping and crying not far away before the officers urgently transported the child to the hospital.

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