Dad, baby and tod­dler found dead

> Wife gets priest to pray over bod­ies be­fore po­lice ar­rived


KUALA LUMPUR: The re­mains of a job­less man and his two young chil­dren were found yes­ter­day in their unit at Nova II Apart­ments in Ta­man Sri Si­nar, Ke­pong.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the highly de­com­posed bod­ies of the two chil­dren, a seven-month-old baby boy and a three-year-old girl, stuffed into two large plas­tic con­tain­ers. The man, iden­ti­fied as 34-year-old Cheah Hing Soon, was found sprawled on the floor of the mas­ter bed­room.

City po­lice chief Com­mis­sioner Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said the chil­dren were iden­ti­fied as Cheah Kai Sze, three, and her brother Kai Wen.

Po­lice­men who ar­rived at the unit af­ter be­ing alerted by Cheah’s fa­ther were sur­prised to see a Taoist priest en­gaged by Cheah’s wife con­duct­ing prayers over the bod­ies.

It is learnt a close fe­male rel­a­tive of the de­ceased was de­tained by po­lice to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Sen­tul po­lice chief ACP R. Munusamy said the man and his two chil­dren had been dead for at least three days.

“Cheah’s wife had called her fa­ther-in-law to tell him that she found the vic­tims dead at their house. We learnt that the cou­ple were sep­a­rated and the wife lives in an­other unit at the same apart­ments. She claimed she went to the unit ev­ery day but told us she last saw her hus­band and her two chil­dren alive on Satur­day. She will be taken to the sta­tion to have her state­ment recorded. We have clas­si­fied the case as mur­der,” Munusamy said, adding that there were no signs of forced en­try at the unit and no weapons were found.

Neigh­bours told po­lice they were un­aware Cheah’s wife lived nearby and said they had only seen the woman at her hus­band’s home.

The wife also claimed she had spent the night at the unit on Sun­day, leav­ing po­lice puz­zled how she was un­aware of the deaths.

Munusamy said po­lice had sought the as­sis­tance of pathol­o­gists from Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal to gather clues at the scene.

It is learnt that Cheah had been un­em­ployed for years and re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port from his fa­ther who is a busi­ness­man op­er­at­ing a credit com­pany in Sen­tul. Cheah and his wife have two other sons aged six and eight, who live with Cheah’s fa­ther near the apart­ments.

Po­lice re­mov­ing the re­mains of the baby and tod­dler from the apart­ment unit yes­ter­day.

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