A Sri Lankan woman has killed her 3-year-old and 11-year-old daughters at a reception house in Verona, Italy and fled, foreign media reports. The motive for the murder has not yet been revealed.
They were allegedly killed yesterday morning by their mother, a 33-year-old Sachithra Nissansala Fernando Devendra Mahawaduge, who later went missing, according to local media reports.
The woman has been living there since January with her 3 and 11-year-old daughters, Sabandi and Sandani. The minors have been removed from their father by order of a juvenile court in Venice.
Since then, the woman has been in a temporary detention center run by the Verona Municipal Council in the district of Puerto San Pacro.
The two girls have been living with their mother since January after a juvenile court in Venice ordered that the two children be removed from their family home.
The bodies of Sabadi and Sandani were found around 9 am yesterday by a person working at the scene. This is because the employee became suspicious as no one came out of the room.
Because by that time they will have to go to the relevant primary school, Sandani Kindergarten as they usually go out. But their door was closed yesterday morning. When the activist entered, the girls saw the bodies lying on their beds. According to the reports, bed sheets were used to cover the children who were wearing pajamas.
They seemed to be asleep but they could no longer breathe and the staffer called for help.
But the doctors and paramedics at 118 could not do anything with the mothers, who were going through a difficult period, with their children or the structure where pregnant women were temporarily accepted.
According to the preliminary findings of the coroner who arrived at the scene, Sambandi and Sandani had died . There was no sign of violence on their bodies buttheir mother were not there.
Most likely, he is suspected of strangling them to death. The autopsy of the two girls will be conducted today to clarify how they died. But the motive for the killing has not yet been revealed.
Verona Mayor Federico Sborina also arrived at the scene with criminal investigation teams. What happened is an indescribable and immeasurable tragedy that shocks the city, he said.
Meanwhile, firefighters, Civil Defense volunteers, dogs, drones, helicopters and divers searched every meter of farmland and rivers in search of Sachithra Nisansala Fernando Devendra Mahawaduge but could not find her.
An appeal was also launched from Sri Lankans on social media to find her.
Their father, who was estranged from them, learned the worst about the children’s deaths from a screenshot of a news agency sent to him by his former employer.