Father kills his autistic son in his sleep because no one would take care of him after his death


Sad child (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A father was arrested on a charge of murder after killing his teenage autistic son because no one would take care of him after his death, according to police in Hong Kong.

Now, 61-year-old Choy Sin-hung of Yuen Long, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of 15-year-old Choy On-yu.

According to the police investigation, the father stabbed his son more than 100 times at home while his mother was working in Shenzhen.

The father's younger son, who is 10 years old, was not at home when the violence took place. Police at the scene found two knives stained with blood, which were used by the father to cut her autistic son.

The father told police he attacked his son while the boy was asleep.

He said that since he was getting old and feared that after his death, the autistic child would not be taken care of, he decided to end it all.

The father wrote a suicide note, which police found in the living room of the home. The note stated that the father intended to end his own life, and was taking the child with him.

The father will be sentenced next month, pending a report by a mental health professional. High Court judge Madam Justice Maggie Poon Man-kay told the father that he had no right to end the life of his child.