Mother kills her 4 chil­dren

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MOTHER in Ja­pan is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for mur­der after her four chil­dren, in­clud­ing a three-year-old girl, were found dead at home, Ja­panese me­dia re­ports and po­lice said yes­ter­day.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported the vic­tims were killed by their mother be­fore she tried to take her own life.

A 10-year-old boy, two six-year-old girls and a three-year-old girl were found dead early yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to po­lice in the south­ern Ja­panese pre­fec­ture of Fukuoka.

“Their fa­ther found them dead and re­ported it to po­lice,” a po­lice spokesper­son said.

Po­lice are ques­tion­ing the chil­dren’s 41-year-old mother as a sus­pect in a pos­si­ble mur­der-sui­cide at­tempt, ac­cord­ing to Jiji Press and public broad­caster NHK.

The mother con­fessed to po­lice she had killed the chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to TV Asahi.

Po­lice re­port­edly told me­dia that at least one child had a mark in­di­cat­ing stran­gu­la­tion.

The mother was sent to hospi­tal as her wrist was bleed­ing, the Asahi Shimbun daily said. She told po­lice she cut her­self with a kitchen knife but her in­jury was mild.

Mur­der-sui­cide cases are not un­com­mon in Ja­pan and usu­ally in­volve a mother killing her child or chil­dren.

Some par­ent-child mur­der-sui­cides have been at­trib­uted to poverty. In 2014, a sin­gle mother in Chiba pre­fec­ture killed her teenage daugh­ter and tried to kill her­self ap­par­ently be­cause she could no longer af­ford to pay the rent.

A mother and her two sons, aged six and one, went miss­ing in Gunma pre­fec­ture, north­west of Tokyo, yes­ter­day and her car was found near a river.

Po­lice sus­pect that the mother and her sons jumped into the river in a mur­der-sui­cide, the Sankei Shimbun daily re­ported.

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