PETALING JAYA - A 10-year-old boy has died after he was forced to drink an insecticide-laced drink. His 31-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister also took the drink.
Kajang CID chief Deputy Supt Azry Akmar Ayob said that the woman brought her daughter to a sundry shop near her home in Bangi where she bought insecticide and some soft drinks about 9am on Monday.
"Initial investigations revealed that the woman mixed the soft drinks with the insecticide before feeding the concoction to her children at their home. She then consumed the poisonous drink," he said yesterday.
DSP Azry Akmar said that while two of her children drank the beverage, the woman's 15-year-old daughter resisted and went into her room where she contacted her boyfriend for help.
"The girl's boyfriend came to the rescue and sent all of the children to Serdang Hospital.
"However, the woman's 10-year-old son died at about 10am on Thursday despite receiving treatment," he said.
He added the boy's body was being kept at the hospital's mortuary while the sibling who survived was still being treated at the same hospital.
DSP Azry said the woman had been detained under police custody at Kajang Hospital, pending a psychiatric evaluation.
"We have yet to record a statement from her," he said.
He added that the woman might have been suffering from depression following some marital problems.
In September, the nation was shocked when a family's suicide attempt turned into a homicide case against the couple after one of their two children died.
The couple first attempted suicide on Sept 11 by burning charcoal in the master bedroom before they went to bed in their second floor apartment at Sri Manja Square, Taman Sri Sentosa, off Old Klang Road here.
When that failed, they tried again the next day. This time, their daughter died.
They kept the body in the apartment until it was discovered on Sept 18 after the girl's kindergarten teacher asked a classmate's mother to check on the girl, who had been absent for more than five days.
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