Woman charged with murder of son, 7, in Tampines

Koh Sook Hoon, 42, allegedly committed murder by causing the death of the boy, believed to be autistic, at a block of flats in Tampines at 12.53pm on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Koh Sook Hoon, 42, allegedly committed murder by causing the death of the boy, believed to be autistic, at a block of flats in Tampines at 12.53pm on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A woman was charged on Monday morning with the murder of her seven-year-old son.

Koh Sook Hoon, 42, allegedly committed murder by causing the death of the boy, believed to be autistic, at a block of flats in Tampines at 12.53pm on Saturday.

The boy, clad in a yellow T-shirt and black shorts, was found lying face down at the foot of the block. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Koh, who was dressed in black in court, was not represented.

The prosecution applied for a gag order on the victim's identity, and for Koh to be remanded for psychiatric observation.

When asked by District Judge May Mesenas if she had anything to say to the application, Koh said she had none.

She will be held at the Changi Women's Prison for psychiatric assessment until Oct 7 when her case will be mentioned.

If convicted of murder, Koh faces the death penalty.