Suicidal couple saved after their children notify police
A suicidal couple was saved earlier this week after their three children reported their parents’ attempt to commit suicide to the authorities, a New Taipei City police station said Saturday.
The children were carrying luggage when they were found near the Shalun Police Station late Thursday. They told the police “Father and Mother told us to ask for help from the police to contact Grandfather, and said they were going to die,” according to the police.
The oldest child, 9, said he and his brothers were originally travel- ing with their parents, but were dropped off after being told about the suicide plan.
The police immediately tried to find the couple’s whereabouts, while at the same time obtained information from the suicidal man’s brother, who said the woman had texted him for help.
She said in the text that the man had passed out, and that she was afraid to lose consciousness soon, and had changed her mind about wanting to kill herself.
Using surveillance camera images and the information provided by the woman, the police located the couple’s car in a mountainous area in neighboring Shulin district, and managed to pull out the two from their vehicle full of exhaust gas.
The couple is now in stable condition, the police said, adding that the children have been taken home by their grandfather and will be given assistance from social welfare groups.