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Swiss/Thai kids who fell from apartment: Two now run away from home claiming abuse from Thai mother

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Two of the children who fell from a platform at a Bangkapi block of flats almost a year ago have run away from home claiming their Thai mother beat them up. 

One of the siblings, a young boy, died in the fall that happened when their mother was out at work at night. 

After extensive stays in hospital the other children returned to be in the care of their mother Ratikan, 37. Their Swiss father Marcel Borel had been involved in a bitter custody battle with his ex wife. 

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He claimed negligence on her part and that of her relatives. 

Now Thai media has reported that two of the children aged 12 and 11 have run away from home wanting to be with their father. 

They claimed that despite not having fully recovered from their injuries their mother kicked and beat them. 

The children are now in care as an investigation takes place. Psychologists are talking to the children. 

Pol Col Jirakrit Jarunphat of the welfare arm of the metropolitan police said there were no injuries consistent with assault on the children. 

Ratikan has denied assaulting her kids though she has admitted to high stress levels since the accident in May last year. 

The children were home alone on the fourth floor of a block in Ramkhamhaeng Soi 34 after their grandparents put them to bed and went to another room on the ground floor. 

They all fell from a platform used for draining plates in the middle of the night. Alex Borel, 5, died. 

The other children aged 11,10 and 7 at the time survived despite serious injuries. 

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