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

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth