Couple to be charged with murder of 2-year-old daughter whose remains were found in Chin Swee Road flat

The police were alerted to a call for assistance at Block 52 Chin Swee Road on Sept 10 at 8.30pm.
The police were alerted to a call for assistance at Block 52 Chin Swee Road on Sept 10 at 8.30pm.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - The parents of a two-year-old girl will be charged with allegedly murdering her, the police said on Monday (Sept 16).

The 31-year-old father and 30-year-old mother are expected to be charged on Tuesday.

The police said they were alerted to a call for assistance at Block 52 Chin Swee Road last Tuesday at 8.30pm.

When they arrived, the police found human remains inside a residential unit.

The Straits Times understands the remains were found inside a metal pot. While the remains were found burnt, it is unclear, for now, where they were burnt.

The couple are believed to be married with at least three children, and are the registered occupants of the flat where the remains were found.

The two suspects, who are the biological parents of the dead toddler, have been remanded since June 2018 for other unrelated offences.

The mother is understood to have been sentenced earlier this month to a jail term of five years and two months for drug-related offences.

The police said that the man and woman are believed to have murdered their daughter before they were remanded.

The police are investigating the case.

Last Thursday when ST visited the flat where the body was found, no one answered the door. A chain with a padlock secured the gate.


The police were alerted to a call for assistance at Block 52 Chin Swee Road on Sept 10 at 8.30pm. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

 

Neighbours said a strong smell – with one describing it as "something rotting" – wafted through the corridor at least a week before the body was found in the unit.

Police who were at Block 52 Chin Swee Road last week were seen leaving the flat with a metal pot and a bag, according to Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Wanbao.

Residents at the block said that a man in his 20s had been living in the flat on his own for the past three or four months, and a couple with children had lived there before him.

It is understood that a man was in the flat when police went down last Tuesday but it is unclear how he is related to the couple who are expected to be charged.