‘Fa­ther likely killed his two kids’

> Sus­pect had two pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal records, say cops


KUALA LUMPUR: The deaths of a man and his two young chil­dren at an apart­ment in Segam­but on Mon­day is pos­si­bly a mur­der­cum-sui­cide based on pre­lim­i­nary find­ings by po­lice.

Po­lice learnt that the two dead chil­dren, Cheah Kai Wen, a seven-month-old baby boy and Cheah Kai Sze, a three-year-old fe­male tod­dler, who were found stuffed in large plas­tic con­tain­ers, are be­lieved to be vic­tims of abuse at the hands of their own fa­ther.

The 34-year-old man who was iden­ti­fied as Cheah Hing Soon had two pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal records for drug abuse and pos­ses­sion and is be­lieved to be be­hind the deaths of the baby and tod­dler.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also dis­cov­ered that he was abu­sive to­wards his chil­dren, in­clud­ing two sons aged six and eight, who moved out to live with Cheah’s busi­ness­man fa­ther not far from their house at the Nova II apart­ments.

It is learnt that the boys had scars from old wounds al­legedly in­flicted by their job­less fa­ther who was de­scribed as be­ing “short­tem­pered and eas­ily pro­voked” by the slight­est is­sues such as the wails and cries of his chil­dren.

A post-mortem con­ducted by the Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal on the vic­tims yes­ter­day showed that the chil­dren had died weeks ear­lier.

The post-mortem re­ports re­vealed that the baby boy had suf­fered a frac­tured skull from blunt trauma.

The cause of death of his fa­ther and sis­ter is yet to be de­ter­mined but it is highly likely due to poi­son­ing.

Sen­tul po­lice chief ACP R. Munusamy said blood sam­ples of the man and his daugh­ter have been sent for tox­i­col­ogy test­ing to as­cer­tain how they died.

He said the close rel­a­tive of the vic­tims, who was de­tained to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, was re­manded for five days yes­ter­day.

Munusamy said po­lice have also recorded state­ments from the cou­ple’s two older sons and their grand­fa­ther and are con­fi­dent of solv­ing the case soon.

He said the two boys and their mother will also be sent for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion to as­cer­tain if they were abused.

Sources said al­though it is be­lieved that the de­tained woman was not di­rectly in­volved in the deaths, she may have been aware of it and could face court ac­tion for the non-dis­clo­sure of the events to the au­thor­i­ties.

At noon on Mon­day, po­lice went to the apart­ment where they found in a room the bod­ies of the chil­dren in plas­tic con­tain­ers which were packed in a garbage bag as well as Cheah’s body, sprawled on the floor in the mas­ter bed­room.

... Fire raz­ing a lorry at Km457.6 (north­bound) of the North-South Ex­press­way near the Sun­gai Bu­loh over­head bridge rest area. A Se­lan­gor Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment spokesman said it hap­pened at 11.50am. The cause of the blaze is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Hing Soon Kai Sze

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