This post deals with family violence and might be triggering for some readers.
When the son of Cevher Toktas passed away, it was not treated as suspicious.
In the northwestern province of Bursa, Turkey, five-year-old Kasim Toktas had been treated in a children’s hospital for a suspected infection of COVID-19, before he suddenly passed away.
Prior to his death, he had a cough and a high fever, and was isolating with his father, Cevher Toktas, who is a former top-tier soccer player in Turkey.
On April 24, Cevher Toktas called the hospital to explain his son’s condition had dramatically declined, and was struggling to breathe. He was rushed to the intensive care unit, where he died two hours later, according to CBS.
Despite testing negative to coronavirus, authorities didn’t suspect any criminal activity had taken place.
But on May 4, 11 days later, Cevher Toktas had a confession to make. He had killed his five-year-old son by smothering him with a pillow. He handed himself in to police out of remorse, and was later arrested.
Toktas explained his motive for murdering his son was because he merely did not love him, according to Spanish publication AS.
"I never loved him, even when he was born, and I can't state why, I have no mental issues," the 32-year-old allegedly told authorities, according to the Spanish outlet.