A woman reportedly suffering from postpartum psychosis killed her husband and 1-year-child by stabbing them with a pair of scissors, and also inflicted injuries on her three other children at about 6 a.m. Saturday in Brgy. Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, the police said yesterday.
Arlen Galan, 33, stabbed and cut off the reproductive organ of her husband, Johnny, 50, who was unconscious, after she had hit him with an iron bar, Police Officer 3 Eddie Napolis, Hinobaan police investigator, said.
Using the scissors, Galan also stabbed her twin children, Jay Mar and Jay Mark, both 1 year and six months old, and 4-month-old infant, Johnny Jr., who were sleeping beside each other, Napolis also said.
The eldest son, Jevon John, 11, who had just returned to their residence after having been sent by his father to buy milk, was also hit with an iron bar by his mother. He, however, managed to escape, despite head injuries, Napolis added.
Napolis said Jay Mar and his father died, while being treated at the Eleuterio Decena District Hospital in Hinobaan, while Johnny Jr. and Jay Mark, who suffered multiple stab wounds, and Jevon John survived.
Jevon John told the Hinobaan police that his mother attempted to kill him, and hit him three times in the head, with the iron bar.
The incident took place as the suspect was preparing their breakfast.
Napolis said Hinobaan policemen, who immediately responded to the incident, recovered the scissors and the iron bar used by the suspect, who is now in jail.
Investigations by the Hinobaan police showed that the suspect was reported to be suffering from post partum psychosis, after giving birth to Johnny Jr. four months ago.
Internet sources said postpartum psychosis is a mental illness characterized by the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis include delusions or strange beliefs, hallucinations, feeling very irritated, hyperactivity, decreased need for, or inability to sleep, paranoia and suspiciousness, rapid mood swings and difficulty in communicating at times.
Napolis said the family of the victims has decided that she will be brought to a mental facility in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, to prevent her from further inflicting injuries on others.
He added that the filing of parricide charges may no longer push through, as the family does not seem interested in pressing the criminal complaint against her.*GPB