Chinese mother jailed for drowning twins

Chinese mother jailed for drowning twins

The court showed leniency after hearing her plight, as according to the Chinese law a murder conviction can mean life imprisonment or a death sentence.Han Qunfeng had quit her job to attend to her children full-time just days before the murder. She said she couldn't handle the pressure of raising the boys who were suffering from cerebral palsy. She said she regretted her act.

"My heart sank when I faced with such a sorrowful mother," said Xue Fengyan, chief judge in the trial.

Han was convicted of murder by the No. 1 People's Court in Dongguan city of Guangdong province.

She was found to have given her sons sleeping pills before drowning them in the bathtub when they were alone in their home last year. She had given birth to the twins in 1998.
After the crime, she tried to kill herself by drinking pesticide.

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