Four siblings committed suicide together after their parents abandoned them, the Guardian reported.
The children ranged in age from 5 to 14. They reportedly died of pesticide intake, which authorities reported was probably intentional.
Authorities found the child, one boy and three girls, inside their home in the city of Bijie, Guizhou, on Tuesday. A note was found nearby the oldest sibling that confirmed the four children had intentionally committed suicide.
In the note, the young boy spoke on behalf of his siblings when he wrote that they felt abandoned, depressed and worthless.
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“I made a vow that I wouldn’t live over the age of 15…I’m 14 now,” the note reads. “I dream about death, and yet that dream never comes true. Today it must finally come true.”
A Chinese newspaper reported that the children had survived only on corn flour for the past two years. In March of 2014, their mother left following a dispute with their father. Their father left about four months ago.
According to family members, the siblings’ personalities had changed over the past few months. They began to lock themselves in the house and stopped attending school.
On June 9, a passerby noticed the oldest sibling’s body in the front of the house and reported it to police.
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Recently, the children’s mother, known as “Ren,” released a statement with an apology.
“I did not shoulder my responsibility for them,” Ren said. “I had to come back for a final look at them.”
Ren noted that if she were given another chance she would have made the proper arrangements for her children. She added that as long as parents guide their children, “such tragedies” won’t happen.
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