A Thai woman accused of butchering and eating her two young sons has claimed she was hallucinating and thought they were pigs.
She allegedly cooked and ate her sons aged one and five and was found by police sleeping in her home surrounded by body parts.
The woman is a member of the Musur hill tribe who live in the mountainous region of Chiang Main near the Burmese border.
The woman has been taken to Suang Prung Hospital where doctors believe she has yet to realise she butchered her sons
Upon her arrest, police in the Mae Ai district of Chiang Mai discovered that the woman had received treatment for mental illness in 2007 and had recently stopped taking her medication.
‘The woman killed her children because she didn’t continue her treatment and didn’t take her medication,’ Mental Health Department deputy director general Dr Kiattiphum Wongrachit told Bangkok Post yesterday.
He added that it is believed that in her hallucinogenic state she thought her children were pigs.
The woman was arrested in the northern part of Chiang Mai
A hospital report from her treatment in 2007 stated that the woman suffered from hallucinations and believed someone was coming to hurt her.
The woman had been left alone with her children as her husband left for a few days to get her medication, according to The Bangkok Post.
‘I had to go out of town for a couple of days. I told her that I would bring back the medication she needs.
‘I never imagined that something like this would happen,’ he told the paper.
The woman, whose name has been withheld for her family’s protection, has been charged with murder, although details of the charge have yet to be released.
She has been deemed mentally unfit to fight her case and has been sent to Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital in Chiang Mai for treatment.
Dr Kiattiphum Wongrachit said that she will be kept under close watch as doctors believe she had yet to realise that she killed her children.
An unusually large number of crimes involving acts of cannibalism have occurred across the globe in recent months.
Well publicised cases include Rudy Eugene who was shot and killed after eating homeless Ronald Poppo’s face, ‘porn star cannibal’ Luka Magnotta who filmed himself chopping up his Chinese lover before posting parts of the body to politicians and 29 members of a New Guinean cult charged for butchering and eating seven people including making soup from their genitals.