Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mother accused of strangling children in Siem Reap

Mother accused of strangling children in Siem Reap

Authorities investigate the scene of the murder of two children in Siem Reap province’s Svay Leu yesterday. CPU
Authorities investigate the scene of the murder of two children in Siem Reap province’s Svay Leu yesterday. CPU

Mother accused of strangling children in Siem Reap

A 6-month-old girl is dead and her 3-year-old brother is receiving treatment after their mother allegedly strangled them with towels at their home in Siem Reap province’s Svay Leu district yesterday morning, according to deputy district police chief Soeng Meng.

Meng said the mother, Choen Pho, suffers from anxiety, for which a doctor had prescribed medication, and that the suspect’s mother told police that the family rarely left Pho alone with her children.

Director of the Child Protection Unit James McCabe said yesterday that neighbours rushed to the family home after hearing 6-month-old Lech Vanny and 3-year-old Lech Vanna screaming.

Neighbours arrived in time to save Vanna, who was resting in the district hospital yesterday evening but no longer in critical condition. Vanny was already dead when police arrived at the scene.

McCabe said Pho, 26, confessed, saying she was angry at her husband for not sending money home. Meng said the husband left to work in Poipet 11 days ago. “It’s just another situation of desperation and poverty,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio