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Zain and Faryaal Akhter

Name: Zain Akhter
Died: July 19, 2010
Age at death: 5
Cause of death: Murder (Strangulation)
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

Name: Faryaal Akhter
Died: July 20, 2010
Age at death: 2
Cause of death: Murder (Strangulation)
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA

Details:
Zain, who had a younger sister named Faryaal, was diagnosed with autism. Faryaal, too young to be diagnosed, had once been hospitalized with respiratory problems and their mother was convinced she was also autistic. Their mother did not want autistic children, so she tried to make the siblings drink bathroom cleaner. They refused, so she strangled them. Then she called 911 and admitted to the crime. Zain died at the scene; Faryaal was revived, but she had suffered so much brain damage that she died the next day.

"They're both not normal, not normal," she said during the conversation with the operator. "They're autistic. Both are autistic... I don't want my children to be like that. ... I want normal kids."

References:
Dallas mom, Saiqa Akhter, killed her two children because they were autistic: 911 recording
Mother cites kids' autism as motive for their slayings in call to 911 operator
Texas Mom Says She Killed Kids Because They Were Austistic
Tags: child, family involved, infant/toddler, location: usa, multiple murder, nt/undiagnosed
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