PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The parents, who killed their youngest daughter following a failed family suicide attempt, have been remanded to facilitate investigations.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said the man, in his 50s, and his wife, in her 40s, have been remanded for six days until Sept 24.
He explained the couple were brought to the Magistrate's Court here at about 10am Thursday for the remand process.
"We are investigating further to discover what actually occurred that led to the death of the five-year-old girl.
"Initial investigations revealed the parents were facing financial difficulties. It might be a motive for the planned suicide," he said when contacted on Thursday.
ACP Arjunaidi said police are still in the process of recording statements from various witnesses, including the kindergarten teacher as well as neighbours of the family.
"We are waiting for the girl's post-mortem result.
"The body was brought to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre," he said.
It was reported that a family suicide attempt turned into a homicide case against a couple here when only one of their two children died.
The man is a contractor who has been without a job for almost a month. He and his wife were arrested yesterday.
They first attempted suicide on Sept 11 by burning charcoal and inhaling the fumes in their second floor apartment at Sri Manja Square, Taman Sri Sentosa, off Old Klang Road here.
They burnt charcoal in the master bedroom before they all went to bed but the suicide attempt failed.
The next day, they tried again. This time their daughter died.
The girl was five years old while her brother is seven.
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