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Sus­pect: ‘I want nor­mal kids’

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

An Irv­ing woman ac­cused of stran­gling her two chil­dren with an an­tenna wire told a 911 op­er­a­tor that she killed them be­cause they were “not nor­mal,” the Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported Wed­nes­day on its web­site.

“Both are autis­tic,” she said. “I don’t want my kids to be like that. I want nor­mal kids.”

Saiqa Akhter, 30, has been charged with cap­i­tal murder in the death of her 5-year-old son Zain, who fam­ily mem­bers said was autis­tic and had a speech im­ped­i­ment. Irv­ing po­lice spokesman David Tull said an­other cap­i­tal murder charge is pend­ing in the slay­ing of her 2-year-old daugh­ter, Faryaal, who died Tues­day night.

In the 911 tape, Akhter ad­mits to wrap­ping a wire around the chil­dren’s necks un­til they turned blue, the news­pa­per re­ported. Be­fore that, she said she tried to make them drink bath­room cleaner.

“I put in their mouth, but they don’t drink it,” she said on the record­ing.

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