The Irving, Texas, mother accused of strangling her two children earlier this week told a 911 operator she did so because they were both autistic and she wanted normal children, MyFoxDFW.com reported Wednesday.
Police say the mother, 30-year-old Saiqa Akhter, strangled Zain, 5, and Faraal, 2, and then called 911.
She can be heard in an audio recording of that call repeating, “I kill my both kids. They are died.”
The Pakistani-born Akhter also told the operator that she tried to make the children drink bathroom cleaner, but they wouldn’t swallow. So instead she wrapped wire around their necks until “they are no more.”
“I know the policeman come to pick me,” she said, according to the recording.
When the operator asked Akhter why she did it, she explained both her children were autistic.
“Both are autistic. I don’t want my kids to be like that. I want normal kids,” she said. “I don’t want my kids to be autistic. I kill both of them.”
Paramedics who arrived at Akhter’s apartment Monday evening found the children blue and unconscious in a bedroom.
Zain was pronounced dead at the hospital. His little sister, Faraal, was taken off life support Wednesday morning.
Akhter now faces capital murder charges.
Akhter has requested a court-appointed attorney but one hasn't been assigned to her case yet, an Irving jail official said Wednesday. If convicted of capital murder, Akhter could face the death penalty, though prosecutors have not said if they will seek that punishment. Otherwise, she could face life in prison without parole.
Saiqa Akhter's uncle, Wasimul Haque, told The Dallas Morning News that his niece had been depressed since moving into a new apartment in Irving. Haque said Zain had autism and a severe speech impediment but had been improving and was in speech therapy.
The children's father, Rashid Akhter, emigrated from Pakistan in the late 1990s, the newspaper reported. He married Saiqa, who also is from Pakistan, several years later, it said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.