Toronto Sun

July 21, 2001

Suicide watch for mom of slain kids

By IAN ROBERTSON -- Toronto Sun

A Scarborough mother remains under a suicide watch in hospital today as her two young children are buried.

Under Hindu custom, most funerals end in cremation, but relatives of Sajeev Mahendriran, 3, and his sister Shyami, 5, say they are too young and will be buried in white coffins.

Their mother, Jasotha Mahendriran, 32, left depressed since her husband's accidental death last August, was found unconscious Monday beside her children in a family car outside their Nero Ct. bungalow.

Relatives allegedly found a suicide note, funeral clothes, plus cheques and cash left for relatives and charities, when they went into the Eglinton Ave. E. and Brimley Rd.-area home after failing to get an answer to repeated phone calls.

Toxicology and drug tests are being conducted to determine how the children died, Det. Gary Giroux said.

Doctors and nurses are keeping a close eye on Mahendriran, who was described by family and neighbours as a loving mother, who doted on her kids.

But the approaching anniversary of her husband Mahendran Thiyagarajah's fatal fall at the Teknion furniture factory where he worked is believed to have weighed heavily on Mahendriran.

Staff at Scarborough General, where she is undergoing medical and psychiatric tests, "are concerned about her," Giroux said.

"Now that she knows her children are dead, they're concerned about her well-being," he said.

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