Woman confesses to strangling 3 children to death, police say

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Phan Mui May. Photo credit: CAND Phan Mui May. Photo credit: CAND

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A woman in northern Vietnam has been detained for allegedly killing her own three children in their home after a conflict with her husband, police said. 
Phan Mui May, 25, was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday in a forest in Ha Giang Province where she had been hiding for almost a day after killing them, Col Do Tien Dung, the province's chief investigator, said.
May told investigators she had killed the children - two girls and a boy aged 5, 3 and 1 - out of anger at her husband, Trieu Menh Chan, 30.
She said that despite her protest, Chan had left her and the children at home to take his mother to a party in a neighboring village on Monday afternoon.
May said she at first attempted to killed herself and the children with pesticide, which did not work.
Then at about 9 p.m. Monday, she strangled the children to death with a plastic cord. She then left their bodies in bed and set the house on fire before running into the forest.
Investigation is ongoing.

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