Mother pleads guilty to killing son with bleach
A mother who made her 12-year-old autistic son drink a cup of bleach because she feared social services would take him away has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Satpal Kaur Singh killed her son Ajit just hours after she refused to co-operate with council staff at a meeting over his care.
But no-one had “any concerns about her immediate behaviour”, the Old Bailey heard.
Hours later she rang police to say: “I've just murdered my son and I've tried to kill myself.”
Police arrived to find the boy lying on his back in the living room and an “almost overpowering” smell of bleach in the air.
“His eyes were closed and his right arm was hanging down by his side,” Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said. “There was a patch of vomit on the floor near his feet.”
The court heard that social workers had concerns about the 44-year-old in the months before she killed her son on February 9 this year.
Singh, of Barking, east London, denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
She was remanded in custody to be sentenced on December 13.