Couple charged with murder of 2-year-old daughter whose remains were found in pot at Chin Swee Rd flat

A couple were charged in court on Tuesday (Sep 17) with the murder of their two-year-old daughter whose remains were found in a flat a Block 52 Chin Swee Road last week.

They are said to have committed the murder in 2014. The 31-year-old man and 30-year-old woman cannot be named due to a gag order.

It is believed the child's remains were found in a metal pot in the Chin Swee Road flat just last Tuesday (Sep 10).

In a statement on Monday evening (Sep 16), the police said they were alerted to the case at 8.30pm

"Upon arrival, police found human remains inside a residential unit," the statement said.

"Police have established that the remains are that of a two-and-a-half-year-old female toddler.

"The 31-year-old man and 30-year-old woman are the biological parents of the deceased, and are suspected to have killed the deceased.

"The suspects have been remanded since June 2018 for other unrelated offences.

"They are believed to have murdered the victim prior  to their remand."

According to The Straits Times, the man had earlier been charged with two drug-related offences and one count of rioting. These cases are still pending.

The woman was sentenced on Sep 9 to five years and two months' jail after she pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges and one count of theft. This was before she was charged with murder.

The couple are believed to be married and have at least three children. They are the registered occupants of the flat where the remains were found.

In an earlier report, residents at the block said there had been a strong smell in the corridor for two weeks before the police were notified.

One neighbour said that a man, who looked to be in his 30s, had moved into the flat four months ago and lives by himself.

He said a couple with children had lived there before him.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Offenders convicted of murder will face the death penalty.