More than 1,000 people have signed a letter and submitted it to a local court calling for a lenient sentence for a mother accused of murdering her twin sons.
Han Qunfeng, 37, a former bank clerk in Dongguan, Guangdong province, allegedly got her sons to drink water laced with sleeping pills before drowning them in the bathtub last November.
The 13-year-olds had been born prematurely and had cerebral palsy, Guangzhou Daily reported. Because their limbs were paralyzed, they had to rely entirely on the care of others.
After the boys were dead, Han allegedly dressed them in new pajamas and then attempted to take her own life by drinking a mixture of pesticide and rat poison, according to sources with the Dongguan No 1 People's Court.
However, she vomited while in a semi-conscious state and was later taken to hospital.
"I didn't mean to kill them. I have never given up looking after them and sending them to hospital for treatment," Han said at a recent hearing.
"But I didn't see any hope that they will recover from the disease. I just wanted them to leave quietly so I let them drink sleeping pills."