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Air Force soldier allegedly kills sons in central Taiwan, attempts suicide

Man allegedly killed his two toddlers before jumping off third floor of apartment building

Air Force soldier allegedly kills sons in central Taiwan, attempts suicide

(CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Air Force service member surnamed Hsiao (蕭) allegedly killed his two toddlers in an apartment in Taichung City early Sunday morning (Feb. 13) and then made an attempt on his own life, CNA reported.

The Taichung Fire Bureau received reports at 2 a.m. Sunday morning that someone had fallen from a third-floor apartment in Tanzi District. Firefighters responding to the scene found a man on the street who had fallen into a coma and rushed him to the hospital.

The China Medical University Hospital said Hsiao, 25, had a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 and had suffered serious injuries, including a skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage, and hydrocephalus..

Police found two boys, a two-and-a-half year old and one-and-a-half year old, dead in a bedroom. The older boy had knife wounds on his neck, and the room was stained with blood, CNA cited police as saying. A knife and suicide note were also found on the scene.

The note mentioned that he loved his family very much, but as he could not sign the agreement, he would leave quietly by himself, per CNA.

According to the police investigation, Hsiao, a career Air Force service member, had an argument with his wife, surnamed Liu (劉), early Sunday morning. After his wife left the apartment, he allegedly killed his sons and then attempted to take his own life by throwing himself off the third floor.

According to the CNA report, Liu lives with her two sons, mother, and older sister in the apartment, and Hsiao would return to the residence during leave. Neighbors were shocked to learn the allegation against Hsiao, as they knew him to be a mild-mannered person.

Police have cordoned off the scene. There were no witnesses to the killings, and prosecutors will look into whether the father is indeed the perpetrator.

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