Singapore mom jailed for poisoning son to spare him from family murder plot: report

A woman said to have been traumatized by a sibling’s sexual violence was sentenced today to five years in prison for poisoning her son as part of a plot to kill her entire family.

The 29-year-old woman, who was unidentified to protect her son’s identity, had been found guilty of injecting insulin into the boy, then 6, 13 times in 2019, CNA reported. Psychiatric evaluation found she suffered from a variety of conditions including major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The woman reportedly wanted to kill everyone in her family after learning the elder brother she had accused of raping her between 9 and 12 was expecting a baby. She plotted to burn her brother, mother, and her own two daughters to death but wanted her son – her favorite – to die in a “peaceful” way. So she ordered insulin from Malaysia and ultimately administered 20 to 30 units of insulin to him over the course of seven months, causing him to suffer from headaches, nausea, tinnitus, photosensitivity, and other symptoms. He was hospitalized three times due to low blood sugar levels and a seizure, raising the alarm among medical staff that something was not right.

Prosecutors said she plotted the murder in 2018, soon after she discovered that her brother was expecting his first child just months into his marriage. She was reportedly angry that the brother, who had been sentenced to a boys’ home for assaulting her, was able to move on from what he had done to her. She had told the court she was sexually abused by her father, but there was no evidence to support her accusation. 

The court deemed that despite her psychological ailments, she was fully aware of her actions and their potential consequences. The judge took into account her mental history but ruled that the woman was “clearly reprehensible.”

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