Dad, kids die in murder-suicide

Kyodo

A 30-year-old office worker, his 4-year-old son and just-born baby girl died and his 29-year-old wife was left unconscious Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide stemming from the couple’s despair over having to deal with a skin condition suffered by both children, police said.

The wife’s mother found the four in their apartment in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, at 8:35 a.m., police said.

Officers found five letters in the apartment saying the couple had become exhausted from trying to cope with the atopic dermatitis suffered by the children, police said.

They found two small stoves containing burned charcoal in the apartment and believe the family was overcome by carbon monoxide.