Four distraught siblings reportedly committed suicide after being abandoned by their parents. According to the Guardian, the four children — ranging from age 5 to 14 — reportedly died of pesticide in an apparent suicide. Preliminary investigative reports suggest that their actions were intentional and they were poisoned after ingesting the deadly substance.
Local authorities found the children — a 14-year-old boy and three girls — inside their desolate home in the city of Bijie, Guizhou, on Tuesday, June 9. Although the children were rushed to a local hospital, all four died that night. However, that’s not all. It has been reported that a note was found near the body of the oldest sibling. His note has reportedly confirmed suspicions. The children did, indeed, commit suicide.
In the heartwrenching note, the boy reportedly speaks on behalf of his younger siblings. The distraught teen shares graphic details about their feelings of worthlessness due to abandonment and chronic depression.
“I made a vow that I wouldn’t live over the age of 15… I’m 14 now. I dream about death, and yet that dream never comes true. Today it must finally come true.”
According to the Washington Post, a Chinese newspaper reported that the four siblings survived on “little more than cornflour” for the last two years of their lives. In March of 2014, their mother fled following a dispute with their father. Then, approximately four months ago, their father abandoned them, as well. Although they attempted to mend the pieces of their broken hearts by continuing with their daily routines, unfortunately, their efforts didn’t last long. Family members began noticing distinct personality changes in the four siblings.
They gradually began to withdraw from the world, locking themselves inside the desolate home for days at a time. Last month, they reportedly stopped attending school. Around 11:00 p.m. on the evening of June 9, a passerby noticed the oldest sibling body in the front of the home. When local authorities arrived, they made the shocking discovery and found the other three siblings in the home.
The children’s mother, who has only been identified as “Ren,” released a statement on Friday, June 12. She remorsefully admitted to her actions and offered a statement for other parents who fail to take proper care of their children.
“I did not shoulder my responsibility for them. I had to come back for a final look at them,” Ren reportedly said in an interview with Xinhua on Friday. “If there were one more chance, I would have made proper arrangements for them at any cost. I hope my family’s tragedy will not occur again. If parents take care of their children and guide them, such tragedies will not happen.”
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