A Texas woman who was charged with killing her two young special needs children because she didn’t want to deal with the burden of caring for them has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Saiqa Akhter, 34, of Irving, Texas, reportedly told a 911 operator in July 2010 that she strangled her 5-year-old son, Zain, and 2-year-old daughter, Faryaal, at their home because they were a burden. She reportedly said, “I don’t want my kids to be like that. I want normal kids,” reports The Dallas Morning News.
Zain reportedly had severe speech difficulties and Faryaal was developmentally delayed, according to family members. Both children were found unconscious in their home. Akhter reportedly tried to poison them with bathroom cleaner, but said they wouldn’t swallow it so she choked them instead with an audio cord. She reportedly spent weeks prior to their murder researching on the Internet how to kill children and, when questioned about what she felt after killing them, allegedly replied, “nothing.”
Akhter was originally charged with capital murder, according to Huffington Post, but medical experts diagnosed her with schizophrenia and testified that she was insane at the time she strangled her children. Psychologist Kristi Compton took the stand and told the jury the mom believed she was “saving” Zain and Faryaal.
Defense attorneys Robbie McClung and Richard Franklin said the woman should be getting help in a mental hospital and doesn’t belong behind bars.
“What happened to those children is tragic,” McClung said. “We can’t change it. We can’t take it back. This is a situation where this person needs to be in a hospital.”
Akhter will have to remain in a mental hospital for treatment unless a judge approves her release, reports Daily Mail.
Photo Credit: Irving Police Department