Police probe ‘sibling suicides’

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Published: Thursday 11th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Police in China are investigating the apparent suicides of four young siblings aged five to 13 who had been abandoned by their parents in one of the country’s poorest regions.

State media said the four were found at home on the outskirts of the city of Bijie after drinking liquid pesticide.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the children’s mother abandoned them three years ago and their father moved away to find work. It said they had dropped out of school and their only sustenance was cornflour ground from last year’s crop.

Bijie, in impoverished Guizhou province, was the scene of a similar tragedy almost three years ago when five runaway boys asphyxiated after lighting a fire in a rubbish bin where they were sheltering from the cold.

Published: Thursday 11th June 2015 by The News Editor

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