03/30/2012 01:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sok Thoeun Chained Son's Neck To A Pole For Skipping School, Police Say (PHOTO)

Sok Thoeun, a 40-year-old man from Batt-ambang, Cambodia, is being pursued by authorities after reportedly beating and chaining his 13-year-old son, Sok Khorn, to a pole for playing video games at an Internet cafe instead of going to school, the Phnom Penh Post reports.

When the father found his son, the Post reports he began beating his son "brutally," and then shackled him.

"As well as beating his son, he put chains around the boy's neck and legs and locked him to a power pole on a nearby street in the village, in order to show [his son] to the public," deputy provincial police chief Colonel Cheth Vanny told the paper.

The Bangkok Post reports police got a locksmith to free the child, but by that time his father had returned to work as a motorbike taxi driver, and eventually fled the scene.

"He is still on the run," the official told the paper. "This kind of torture is not acceptable."

AFB reports the man is now wanted on child abuse charges.