Mother ac­cused of chok­ing kids

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A Dal­las-area mother ac­cused of stran­gling her 5-year-old son with a wire and nearly chok­ing to death her 2-year-old daugh­ter who was on life sup­port had been de­pressed, ac­cord­ing to a rel­a­tive.

Saiqa Akhter, 30, re­mained in jail Tues­day as po­lice pre­pared a charge of cap­i­tal murder.

Irv­ing po­lice spokesman David Tull said she was co­op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It looks like she had mental prob­lems. I don’t un­der­stand why she did it,” Wasimul Haque, an un­cle of Akhter’s, told The Dal­las Morn­ing News.

Irv­ing po­lice have said Akhter called 911 on Mon­day and said she had done “some­thing ter­ri­ble” to her chil­dren. Zain Akhter was later pro­nounced dead; Haque said the daugh­ter, Faryaal Akhter, was on life sup­port and was not ex­pected to live.

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