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Mom Charged in Deaths of Her 6 Kids

September 8, 1998

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A 24-year-old woman was charged Tuesday in the strangulation deaths of her three sons and three daughters, age 5 through 11.

A mental evaluation also was ordered for Khoua Her, a Hmong immigrant who police say called 911 Thursday night, talking of suicide, and admitted to killing her children.

When authorities arrived, they found Her lying inside the doorway of her public housing apartment, a body of a child behind her. The five others were found throughout the apartment.

Police said she was disoriented when she was found at her home with an extension cord wrapped loosely around her neck. Her friends said she was married young in Laos, had her first child at 13, and was overwhelmed by her responsibilities in St. Paul, home to an estimated 25,000 Hmong.

Her was charged with six counts of second-degree murder.

Her’s estranged husband, Tou Hang, told police he had worked Thursday and stayed at a friend’s house. He said he last spoke to Her about a month ago.

Police said the mother is the primary suspect, although they were looking for a boyfriend to see what he knows about what happened.

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