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Mother Confesses to Police How She Killed Her Children

Associated Press | WTOP

July 22, 2010

DALLAS (AP) – A suburban Dallas woman accused of killing her two young children told a 911 operator that she first tried to poison them because they were autistic and she wanted “normal kids,” then choked them with a wire until they stopped moving, according to the recorded call.

Irving police on Wednesday released recordings of the 911 call after Saiqa Akhter was charged with capital murder in the death of her 5-year-old son, Zain Akhter. Police said the children were attacked at the family’s apartment Monday night.

Another capital murder charge is pending in the slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, Faryaal Akhter, who died Tuesday night, police spokesman David Tull said.

In the recording released Wednesday, the woman identified herself as Saiqa Akhter and repeatedly told the operator she killed her two children. At one point, the woman hung up and the dispatcher called her back.


This photo provided Tuesday July 20, 2010, by the Irving Police Department shows 30-year-old Saiqa Akhter. Police say the Dallas-area mother suspected of strangling her two children, including her 5-year-old-son who died, will be charged with capital murd

“I killed both of them. I told you,” she told the operator. Later, she explained that both children were lying motionless on the bed in the master bedroom.

“They are not doing anything. They are just blue and they are not taking any breaths and … their heart is not beating,” she said.

She told the operator she initially tried to poison the children with bathroom cleaner but they refused to drink it. When that didn’t work, “I used a wire on their necks,” she said.

When the operator asked the woman why she attacked her children, she said, “They’re both not normal, not normal. They’re autistic. Both are autistic.” Pressed further, she said, “I don’t want my children to be like that. … I want normal kids.”

Later, the dispatcher asked the woman what she was feeling. “Nothing,” she responded.

At one point, water could be heard running in the background and the dispatcher asked what the woman what she was doing. She told the operator she was trying to wash the smell of cleaner off of her hands. The dispatcher then told the woman to go sit on a couch in the living room and wait for police.

At the end of the recording, police can be heard arriving at the home.

Akhter has requested a court-appointed attorney but one hasn’t been assigned to her case yet, an Irving jail official said. 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 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.

Zain was buried Wednesday in Richardson, another Dallas suburb. Faryaal’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

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  • Me_max50


    about 4 years ago


    What a dirty naste woman. I hate 2 say it but I say DONT give her the death penalty. Give this crazy child killer LIFE in prison. She has no right to die. Make her live so she can relive the murders day by day. She doesn't deserve the easy way out!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Poor babies didn't have a chance.Wonder what else she did while they were alive.God Bless the Children may They RIP.As for her may she Rest in Hell.Where was the father when all this was happening.Didn't he see signs she didn't care.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Poor babies didn't have a chance.Wonder what else she did while they were alive.God Bless the Children may They RIP.As for her may she Rest in Hell.Where was the father when all this was happening.Didn't he see signs she didn't care.

  • 21_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Hope they give her a needle

  • 48n02-2-9_22-6__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Those poor babies. Well now they are getting the love they deserve. Mothers like this should be sterilized so they cant have anymore kids.

  • Scan0001_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    about 4 years ago


    how are these people allowed to breed?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    I love Texas. Hang her high or drip it slow.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Zain and Faryaal.

    Mental issues or not, this woman deserves the death penalty. In Texas she will be tried quickly and her chances of receiving the death penalty are sounding pretty good so far. Insanity doesn't play very well in a Texas courtroom. We will still have to wait a little longer to see what strategy the defense attempts to use. Hopefully she will be charged and recieve the death penalty for each dead child.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    The children were innocent victims that didnt ask for any of this to happen.. they were born to a no good piece of shit oxygen theif.. She had the nerve to request a lawyer?? For what?? She just needs poison poured down her throat and then after she starts to feel that.. slowly wrap wire around her neck and tighten it more and more slowly strangling her ass to death... RIP little Angels..

  • Vt_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    She needs a slow painful death this POS

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Amen, Top_Cat, then bury her deep .......

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP precious children. God holds you now safely in His arms.

  • Car_004_max50


    about 4 years ago


    this is one of those cases, they should laeve a gallon of bathroom cleaner with a cup in her cell, within 24 hours if she decides to not drink it, put it in an IV!!!!!

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