Depressed mother kills husband, one-year-old son, and hurts 3 kids
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — A 33-year-old mother, who was reportedly suffering from postpartum psychosis, killed her husband and one-year-old son and hurt her three other children inside their house in Hinobaan town, about 199 km south of here, on Saturday, police reported on Sunday.
Arlene Galan also cut off the sex organ of her husband Johnny, 50, after hitting him with an iron bar until he fell unconscious, said Police Officer 3 Eddie Napolis, Hinobaan police investigator.
Napolis said the victims’ family seemed not interested in filing charges against Arlene, who was detained at the police station.
Instead, the family wanted to bring Arlene to a mental facility in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, to prevent her from hurting others, Napolis said.
Police investigation showed that Arlene was reported to have been suffering from postpartum psychosis after she gave birth to Johnny Jr. four months ago.
Arlene allegedly went berserk inside their house in Barangay (village) Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, the police said.
Napolis said Johnny asked his eldest son, Jevon John, 11, to buy milk for his younger brothers. While the boy went out to do his errand, Arlene attacked Johnny by hitting him with an iron bar. When he fell unconscious, she cut off his sex organ.
She then turned her ire on her three young children who were sleeping side by side.
Using a pair of scissors, Arlene stabbed her twin children — Jay Mar and Jay Mark – both one year old — and infant Johnny Jr.
When Jevon John went back, he was surprised to find his father and brothers bloodied.
Arlene too attacked him and hit his head thrice with an iron bar. But the boy managed to escape despite his injuries and sought the help of his uncle, who reported the killings to the police, Hinobaan police also showed.
Napolis said the police brought Jay Mar and his father to the Eleuterio Decena District Hospital in Hinobaan but they died during treatment.
Jevon John, Johnny Jr. and Jay Mark survived with multiple stab wounds.
Napolis said they recovered the scissors and iron bar used by the suspect who was detained.
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