Mother pleads guilty to making her autistic son drink bleach
A mother from has admitted making her 12-year-old autistic son drink a cup of bleach because she feared social services.
Satpal Kaur Singh, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
She killed her son Ajit hours after she refused to cooperate with council staff at a meeting over his care. However, in the meeting she appeared relaxed and sound minded, and no one who attended the meeting seemed concerned 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.’
The court heard that social workers at Barking and Dagenham Council had concerns about Singh in the recent months leading to the tragedy.
Singh, of Lambourne Road, Barking, east London, denied murder but today pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
Prosecutors accepted the plea after psychiatrists assessed that she was indeed suffering a mental disorder.
Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said: ‘This is a case of great tragedy. It involves the killing of a 12-year-old autistic boy by his mother.’
He said Manchester-born Singh feared social services were going to make an “interim care order” which means that the child would have been put in care.
Singh had previously spoken about killing herself by drinking bleach because of her problems with social services.
Mr Whittam said: ‘Social services had concerns about a number of things, including Satpal’s parenting skills and her lack of cooperation.’
If there were plenty causes for concern in the upcoming months, it is a tragic fatal error that the social services did not take action sooner.