MALAYSIA - Concerned that a five-year-old girl had not attended school for more than five days, a kindergarten teacher told a classmate's parents to check on her, the Star reported.
So the classmate's mother and her son went to the apartment at about 8.30am on Wednesday and rang the bell.
"My sister is dead," said the seven-year-old boy who opened the door.
After finding the child's body in the master bedroom, the woman called the police. The girl is believed to have died as the parents attempted to end their lives.
The parents, who have been arrested, first attempted suicide on Sept 11 by burning charcoal and inhaling the fumes in their second floor apartment at Sri Manja Square in Petaling Jaya.
"They burned charcoal in the master bedroom before they all went to bed, but the suicide attempt failed," Petaling Jaya Assistant Commissioner of Police Arjunaidi Mohamed told reporters at the scene.
"The next day, they tried again. This time, their daughter died. This is what the couple told us, but we still have to investigate and wait for the post-mortem report."
The man, who is in his 50s, is a contractor who has been jobless for almost a month. He and his wife, who is in her 40s, were arrested on Thursday.
ACP Arjunaidi said the couple took the girl's body to Klang on Sept 13 to look for a place for the rest of the family to commit suicide.
They could find no "suitable" place for their third suicide attempt, and brought the body back to the apartment, which belonged to a relative.