A suspected murder-suicide left a 35-year-old woman dead and her two-year-old son in a critical condition in a hospital in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The single mother and her son had fallen from the bedroom of her apartment of Wah Tong House in Yau Tong Estate, Wen Wei Po reported. The woman lived with her son, four-year-old daughter and a domestic worker.
At about 2pm, the woman asked her mother to take her daughter out, then sent her maid grocery shopping. When the maid returned home and opened the door, she saw the woman covered in blood. The maid was too scared to go into the flat and the woman immediately closed the door.
While the maid was calling police, it is believed the woman and the child fell from the building. Police arrived after receiving multiple reports and found the woman and child unconscious.
The woman had cuts on her neck and hands and was taken to United Christian Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The boy was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was in a critical condition.
Police found a suicide note in the apartment and confiscated three knives. They classed the case as attempted murder and suicide.
A police source said the woman had been suffering postnatal depression but had not received any treatment, and added that she had a history of attempted suicides, Apple Daily reported.
Her family has been receiving counseling provided by a non-governmental organization. The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline on +852 2896 0000 or emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.