Woman Strangles Autistic Children

Saiqa Akhter, a 30-year-old woman from Irving, Texas, called 911 Monday, July 19, after strangling her two young children because they were autistic.

Akhter called 911 Monday evening and said she first tried to kill her children with bathroom cleaner, but they would not drink it. She told the 911 operator that she then strangled them with a wire.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the children when they arrived on the scene, but Zain Akhter, the 5-year-old son, died at the hospital Monday night and Faryaal Akhter, the 2-year-old daughter, died at the hospital Tuesday evening.

On the recording of the 911 call Akhter tells the operator, “I killed them. I killed both of them. I killed my both kids. … They are not doing anything. They are just blue. They are not taking any breaths. Their heart is not beating.”

The operator asks her what happened.

“They are both not normal, not normal. They are autistic. Both are autistic. I don’t want my kids to be like that. I don’t want, I want normal kids. First, I tried to give them bathroom cleaner. I put in their mouth, but they don’t drink it. I want them to drink, but they don’t drink it. So there’s a wire there, so I just grabbed their neck and then I tried so many times, and then they’re no more.”

The 911 operator asks Akhter why she killed her children and Akhter responds, “They are autistic. I don’t want my kids to be autistic.” The operator then asks her what she is feeling, and she says “nothing.”

Akhter is being held in the Dallas County jail with bail set at $1 million. She has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, police said.

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