BUSAN, South Korea — A 33-year-old mother and her eight-year-old daughter were discovered dead in their apartment yesterday in an apparent murder-suicide over the child’s dermatitis. The mother apparently choked her daughter to death before hanging herself in her bedroom.
According to local police, the mother regretted applying a steroid ointment to her daughter which worsened the rashes which had affected her since the age of three. The mother believed the daughter then contracted Cushing’s syndrome, a metabolic disorder that can be caused by excessive use of steroids.
She got Cushing’s syndrome maybe because I used too much ointment, and I am afraid of its side effects, the mother’s suicide note read as reported by the Joongang Ilbo. My stupidity screwed up [her condition].
Family members told police, a day before the bodies were discovered, the mother told her mother-in-law: She is suffering this way because I gave birth to her.
We suspect that she decided to take her daughter’s life and her own because she believed that her wrong decision made her daughter’s condition worse, said an official from the police.