BANGI: A jobless man, who allegedly killed his seven-year-old daughter and injured his two other daughters, has been put on a suicide watch at the Kajang Hospital.
Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abd Rahim Jaafar said initial investigations revealed that he had tried to kill himself shortly after the incident.
“He was bleeding from his head and hands by a river about 300m from his home in Bandar Baru Bangi.
“At first, we thought he wanted to escape but, actually, he had tried to end his life but failed,” he told a press conference after overseeing police’s preparations for the upcoming Kajang by-election.
The man, remanded until Feb 6, had no history of mental illness but he had appeared to be depressed before attacking his daughters.
“Police officers at the Kajang Hospital have been told to keep a close watch in case he tries to take his own life again.
“Once his injuries heal, we will transfer him to a nearby lock-up,” he said.
DCP Abdul Rahim said the father of six would be sent for psychiatric evaluation if the Attorney-General’s Chamber felt it was needed.
“Procedure dictates that the man must be charged first before a psychiatric evaluation is carried out,” he said.
He also said that the two daughters who survived were in stable condition.
“The elder sister is in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Her left thumb was cut off during the attack. We have been unable to find the thumb but she will pull through.
“The 10-year-old sister is in Kajang Hospital recovering from head injuries,” he said.
On Thursday, a seven-year-old girl was found dead and her two sisters injured at their house in Bandar Baru Bangi.
The man’s 15-year-old daughter came home at about 4.15pm and saw her sisters injured and their father holding a blood-stained parang in the living room.
She quickly ran upstairs and called the police. The father ran away.
Police arrived and found the little girl dead in a back room on the ground floor of the house.
The injured girls were rushed to hospital.
Police tracked the 44-year-old father to a river at about 6.30pm.
The 42-year-old mother, who was working at the time of the incident, rushed to the Kajang Hospital with her other children to see the girls.