Man commits suicide after feeding three children poison
( 2003-09-09 16:54) (Xinhua)
An unemployed man in Taiwan killed his three children by feeding them yogurt
and milk laced with pesticide and then committed suicide, police said Tuesday.
The 48-year-old man was apparently distraught over his long-term unemployment
and being recently diagnosed with liver cancer, police said.
The man's Filipino wife found her dead husband and children - aged 3, 6 and 7
- after she returned home from her factory job Monday in the southern county of
Kaohsiung, police said.
TV reports showed the 29-year-old woman, identified only by her Chinese name,
Chun-lan - sobbing in the arms of a neighbor.
``He was worried that his children were too old to be adopted by others and
that they might be mistreated if they were sent to an orphanage,'' a neighbor
told Formosa Television.
Police said the man poisoned the children - two girls and a boy - by adding
pesticide to milk and yogurt. The father also drank the lethal mixture.