In the second case of its kind in less than two weeks, a mother and her seven-year-old daughter were found dead at their Tai Kok Tsui yesterday evening in what police believe is a murder-suicide.
According to a police statement, the pair were discovered about 6.30pm after a domestic helper reported a strange smell coming from the flat in Shining Heights on Sycamore Street.
A pot of burnt charcoal was beside them and they were declared dead at the scene, according to police. The woman, who was divorced, reportedly had trouble in a new relationship, wrote The Standard.
The devastating discovery comes after police last month found a 35-year-old single mother dead and her two-year-old son seriously injured outside their high-rise apartment in Kwun Tong.
The woman, who suffered from postnatal depression, is believed to have thrown her son out the window before jumping herself. Her son remains in a critical condition.
There were also similar cases in February when a 45-year-old mother committed suicide with her nine-year-old son in Sha Tin by burning charcoal in their car, reported the SCMP and in Hang Hau earlier last year.
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