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Two Chinese children allegedly abandoned by parents died after drinking poison


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what the Chinese Police has reportedly called a suicide, two Chinese children, a boy and his younger sisters, were found by a villager while struggling with convulsions after taking the poison late Tuesday at their home in Bijie in the remote province of Guizhou, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.

AFP quoted Xinhua as saying the children drunk the poison and died after being left behind by their migrant guardians. According to reports, the children’s mother left in March 2014 after being beaten up by their father and her whereabouts are unknown. The father, identified as Zhang Fangqi, reportedly left the town to work elsewhere in March, wiring money back periodically, Xinhua added, citing the Communist Party chief of the village and a family relative.

The children had apparently suffered severe domestic violence in previous years and the boy had attempted to commit suicide before.

AFP says incidents involving such children often make headlines in China, including one in Bijie in November 2012, when five boys aged about 10 were found dead in a dumpster after they climbed inside to escape the night-time cold.