5-year old girl dies in multiple suicide attempts

PETALING JAYA - A five-year-old girl died while her elder brother survived in their parents' three attempts to commit multiple suicides in Sri Manja Square 1, here.

The incident was noticed by a couple - who are friends of the parents, this morning when they went to the family's house to check after their son told them that the victim had failed to attend kindergarten for a week.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said initial investigations found that the family was facing financial problems.

He said the parents had first attempted multiple suicide in the house in the evening of Sept 11 by burning charcoal inside their master bedroom.

"However, the attempt failed before they tried the next day - causing the death of the victim.

"The parents then, on Sept 13, brought the body and their 7-year-old son to Klang to find a spot to dump the body and make another attempt.

"However, they could not find one and returned home," he told reporters at the scene.

Arjunaidi said police also found at least one noose in the house, believed to have been prepared for another attempt.

He said the victim's father - aged 50, who works as a contractor, and the mother in her 30's, were arrested for murder.

The victim's elder brother was handed over to a close relative.