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Woman Jailed For Seven Years For Killing Autistic Son By Making Him Drink Bleach

April 1, 2011


A mother has been jailed for killing her 12-year-old autistic son by making him drink bleach.

Ajit Singh-Mahal was found dead at the family home in Barking, east London, in February.

Satpal Kaur-Singh, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. She had denied the boy’s murder.

Kaur-Singh, who also drank bleach on the day of the killing, was jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey.

Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said: “This is a case of great tragedy.”

Ajit “was dependant on his mother for all his needs”, could not speak so had trouble communicating, and had difficulty getting around outdoors.

Serious case review

The child was killed with Domestos just hours after Kaur-Singh refused to co-operate with council staff at a meeting over his care.

Social workers at Barking and Dagenham Council had concerns about Manchester-born Singh in the months before she killed her son, the court heard.

A council spokeswoman said: “Barking and Dagenham Council’s thoughts, first and foremost, continue to be with the Singh family.

“The council contributed to an independent serious case review to look into all details of this case and to address lessons arising.

“Barking and Dagenham safeguarding children board will publish the findings of that independent review in due course.”

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