Sep 20, 2013

    Family's suicide bid ends in child's death

    A FAMILY suicide attempt turned into a homicide case against a couple in Malaysia when one of their two children died.

    The man, who is in his 50s, was a contractor who has been unemployed for almost a month. He and his wife, who is in her 40s, were arrested on Wednesday.

    They first attempted suicide last Wednesday by burning charcoal and inhaling the fumes in their second-floor apartment in Petaling Jaya.

    "They burnt charcoal in the master bedroom before they went to bed, but the suicide attempt failed," Petaling Jaya Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed, who is the officer in charge of the police district, told reporters at the scene.

    "The next day, they tried it again. This time, their daughter died. This is what the couple told us, but we still have to investigate and wait for the post-mortem report."

    The girl was five years old, while her brother is seven.

    AC Arjunaidi said the couple took the girl's body to Klang on Friday to look for a place for the rest of the family to commit suicide.

    They did not find a "suitable" place for their third suicide attempt, and took the body back to the apartment, which belonged to a relative.

    They kept the body in the apartment until it was discovered on Wednesday morning, after the child's kindergarten teacher asked a classmate's mother to check on the girl, who had been absent from school for more than five days.

    The owner of a shop near the apartment, who did not want to be named, said the classmate's mother and her son went to the apartment at about 8.30am on Wednesday and rang the bell.

    After a while, the couple's son opened the door and told them: "My sister is dead."

    After finding her body in the master bedroom, the woman called the police.

    AC Arjunaidi said that early investigations showed that the family was facing financial problems.