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Irving mother says she killed her children because of their autism

IRVING -- An Irving mother killed her two young children Monday afternoon because they were autistic and she didn't want them to live that way, according to her 911 call which was released by Irving police Wednesday. "I killed them both," a calm Saiqa Akhter told an Irving dispatcher Monday.

"I use a wire on their neck," she said. "I don't want my kids that way. ... I want normal kids."

When the dispatcher asked how she was feeling, Akhter answered, "Nothing."

Akhter told the dispatcher she had tried to pour bathroom cleaner into their mouths at first but they refused to drink it. She then grabbed a nearby wire.

Akhter said she had called her husband and told him what she had done.

Akhter was in police custody Wednesday facing charges that she killed her 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. The Dallas County medical examiner had earlier given the ages as two and five.

Faryaal Akhter, 3, had been in critical condition at Children's Medical Center of Dallas where she was taken Monday night after her mother called police and said she had choked both her children with a wire.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office confirmed Wednesday that the child had died during the night.

The girl's brother, Zain Akhter, 6, was pronounced dead Monday at Baylor Medical Center at Irving. Saiqa Akhter, 30, remained in the Irving Jail Wednesday facing a capital murder charge in the death of her son. She now faces a second charge of capital murder in the death of her second child.

Child Protective Services caseworkers last year investigated the mother and her husband, but at the time the children were found to be in good health, a CPS official said Tuesday.

In May 2009, agency workers talked to Saiqa Akhter and her husband, who acknowledged leaving the boy asleep at home while they took their infant daughter to an emergency room for respiratory problems. According to a CPS report, the parents told workers that they understood the dangers of leaving a child so young home alone and were adamant that it would not happen again.

"They said they weren't thinking clearly because of their concern for their daughter," Marissa Gonzales, a CPS spokeswoman, said Tuesday. "The children were in good condition and exhibited no signs of abuse or neglect."

None of the people whom CPS contacted about the incident were concerned about the children's care, according to CPS reports.

Akhter called 911 about 5 p.m. Monday to report that she had killed her two children at the family's Irving apartment, police said.

Officers who went to the Wind Tree Apartments in the 3300 block of Esters Road and immediately began to try to resuscitate the children, according to an arrest and search warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

Akhter told the 911 call-taker that she had used a wire on both children's necks, and that both had turned blue and were not breathing. Officers arrested Akhter.

An affidavit for a probable cause warrant, released Wednesday, stated that the children were "on the bed unconscious" and that the girl "had an antenna wire around her neck."

"Both had no pulse," the document stated.

The Akhter family had lived in the apartment for about a month, Irving police said.

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