A 25 -year – old Bolivian woman hanged her three children after making them record goodbye messages to their father on video, police reported Thursday .The woman hanged her one – year old baby , and her two other children aged four and seven , late Tuesday after a series of arguments with her husband , state prosecutor Oscar Vera told Los Tiempos newspaper .
Police said the mother was being treated in hospital after taking poison.
Regional police chief Colonel Johnny Corrales said the woman had become distraught over her husband ’ s drinking , “ which is why she decided to hang her children and then tried to commit suicide . ”
“ We know that there is a video where the children say goodbye to their dad , ” said Vera , a prosecutor in the central city of Cochabamba , where the tragedy unfolded .
A police forensic report said the children died of “ mechanical strangulation . ”
The mother , who left a letter alleging mistreatment by her husband , was being treated in intensive care and unable to give statements to the police .
Police said they had placed the father under preventive arrest .
Bolivia ’ s public prosecutor ’ s office recently reported 37 cases of infanticide during the first six months of the year .
( AFP )
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