TAICHUNG – Burnt out and exhausted with caring for her 13-year-old grandson suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a grandmother did the unthinkable which would haunt her for years to come.
The tragedy, which occurred in the Tanzi district of Taichung City on October 8, involved 75-year-old Chen and her grandson, who was living with her along with his younger brother.
A household torn apart
According to China Press, the boys came under Chen’s care after their father passed away from cancer. Their mother, believed to be suffering from depression, followed him to the grave after losing her life in a train accident.
Due to the boy’s condition, Chen was often tormented and drained by his screams and tantrums whenever she tried giving his medications every morning.
Unable to keep her emotions intact, Chen finally snapped and tied a bungee cord around her grandson’s neck before she left the house for a walk.
Chen returned 90 minutes later, only to find her grandson lying motionless in the living room. Although she immediately called 911, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police later arrested Chen and charged her with murder over her grandson’s demise.
“He was a polite boy”
Following the tragedy, the boy’s younger brother has been handed over to the temporary care of his aunt while the Social Affairs Bureau makes the necessary arrangements.
Neighbours were shell-shocked by the incident, saying that the boy was a polite person who would greet everyone he met despite his constant tantrums.
“His aunt would also often visit him, his brother, and Chen whenever she could. It’s such a pity to see such a tragedy unfold,” one said.
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