POLICE in Kudus, East Java, have arrested a man identified only as EG for allegedly killing his daughter after he thought he had contracted Covid-19.
Authorities named EG, 48, a suspect after they obtained his psychological evaluation results.
“The evaluation revealed that the perpetrator is in good health and has no mental illness. We named him a suspect last week, ” Kudus Police Criminal Investigation Department head Sr Adj Comr Agustinus David said on Tuesday.
He said the suspect told investigators that he had initially planned to kill himself after he thought he had contracted Covid-19 on Oct 8.
“When he was about to commit suicide, he saw his daughter watching television and suddenly decided to kill her too, ” he said.
EG was sure that his daughter, who had asthma, had also contracted the respiratory disease.
He allegedly strangled her and then tried to commit suicide.
Shortly after, neighbours found EG lying on the floor with wounds to his left wrist while his daughter was found sitting on a chair in front of the television with a sarung around her neck.
Both EG and his daughter were still alive at that time, but the daughter was dead on arrival at the local children’s hospital. — The Jakarta Post/ANN