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26 December 2010 :: 12:12:45 pm 48223

Murder Ruled Out In Case Of Mother Who Killed Her Baby While Asleep

Investigators have concluded that the death of a mother found next to her dead baby, who she had accidentally killed in her sleep, was suicide, and not murder.
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Sattahip, 22nd Dec 2010 (PDN) : Investigations into the tragic case of a mother, who shot herself in the head after she discovered she had killed her baby inadvertently in her sleep, have concluded that the mother’s death was definitely suicide and not murder.

18-year-old Atthiwan Pensakun ( Boom ) was sleeping in the same bed with her baby, Supacha or ‘Nong Yai Mai’, and in her sleep had moved her leg to rest on the baby’s stomach. The pressure from the weight had ruptured the baby’s stomach causing her death.  The mother was found dead with a shot wound to the head next to her baby.

Based on evidence found at the scene the police decided further investigation was necessary. They had found the body of Ms.Atthiwan lying on the bed, surrounded by blood which had run from her head.

However when the body was originally discovered there was no blood, but when the body was shaken blood started flowing rapidly from the head. The gun was still in the deceased’s right hand and the bullet casing lay near her head.

For some unexplained reason the gun and the bullet case were moved and placed onto the deceased’s stomach which is where they were found by the police.

However there were signs that Ms. Atthiwat had taken gun from a secured cupboard in the praying room, by using a hammer to open the locks, verifying the original assumption. The baby, whose body lay next to the mother’s, had no wounds or marks which could suggest any foul play.

Moreover, relatives all confirmed that the mother moved continuously whenever she was sleeping, and everyone had told her that one day she would smother her baby if she carried on doing this, which is what eventually happened.

The important thing is that the mother was a good girl, who loved her child very much and it is this love which was prevalent throughout the family which convinced investigators that no member of the family could ever have murdered another.

Other important evidence found by the Institute of Forensic Medicine indicate that the gun, a 38mm Smith& Wesson, was held directly at the right side of the head when it was fired. Traces of gunpowder were also found on the right hand of the mother, confirming that she had held the gun to her own head and committed suicide, and that this was not a case of murder. In the case of the death of the baby Supacha, lab results indicate that a heavy object, in this case the mother’s leg, was placed on the baby’s abdominal area, putting pressure on it until the stomach ruptured.  There were no traces of wounds or bruises which indicated a struggle or fight. Supach passed away about 5 hours before her mother.

Previous reports indicated the baby’s neck was dislocated but these were found to be groundless. The baby’s neck was still intact. There may have been some confusion because a baby’s head can turn more than that of an adult.

The authorities have concluded that the mother’s death was suicide, and the death of the baby was caused by pressure from the mother’s leg while she was sleeping.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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