NYPD ‘now believes 63-year-old grandmother and her 4-year-old grandson, who died three months apart, were KILLED by tasteless rat poison at daughter’s home’ after initially blaming natural causes
- Tafun Meng, 63, died mysteriously in February 2021 after visiting her daughter’s home in Brooklyn, New York.
- Three months later, Man’s grandson, four-year-old Wilhelm Dukatl, also suddenly fell ill and died after being hospitalized in critical condition.
- An autopsy revealed that Ducatl had been poisoned with thallium, a tasteless and odorless poison used on rats and other parasites.
- Ducatl’s death prompted the police to exhume the man’s body and conduct a post-mortem examination, which also revealed acute thallium poisoning.
- Police have not identified the suspect in the case, but say the boy’s father is not at the center of their investigation.
- Thallium, first discovered in 1861, was banned in the US in 1984 due to its toxicity even with accidental exposure.
NYC homicide detectives suspect that a Brooklyn grandmother and a four-year-old boy, who died three months apart, were killed by a tasteless rat poison.
Tafun Meng, 63, fell ill suddenly at her daughter’s Bensonhurst home in February 2021 and died eight hours after being admitted to the hospital.
Three months later, Man’s grandson, 4-year-old Wilhelm Dukatl, also suddenly fell ill while at his mother’s house.
Ducatl complained that he was “feeling tired” before being rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition with severe abdominal pain. He died two days after he fell ill.
After the medical examiner who performed Ducatl’s autopsy told police that he may have been poisoned, authorities exhumed Meng’s body for post-mortem examination.
Both deaths were ruled homicides after they were found to have been injected with thallium, a tasteless and odorless substance commonly used to kill rats.
Police sources told the New York Daily News on Thursday that no arrests have been made and they have yet to name a suspect, but they noted that Ducatl’s father is not the focus of the investigation. The name of the daughter in the police is not called.
First discovered in 1861 and used by assassins for centuries, production of thallium was banned in the US in 1984 due to its toxicity even through accidental exposure.
New York homicide detectives suspect that a Brooklyn grandmother and a four-year-old boy, who died three months apart, were murdered with thallium, a tasteless rat poison that has been banned in the US since the mid-80s (pictured: pieces very pure thallium). in a glass ampoule)
The man’s husband, Hingsow Wong, said his wife died on February 17, 2021.
She went to live with her daughter after her grandson’s father left the family home. Ducatl’s parents reportedly fought over custody and were at odds with his welfare.
Once at the Bensonhursts’ home, Maine quickly felt ill, prompting her daughter to send her to Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, where she died eight hours later.
“I am very sad and my heart is broken. My wife was very healthy. I still don’t know what happened,” Wong, 63, told Daily News on Thursday.
Another family member, who declined to be named, echoed: “Initially, it sounded like it was a natural cause.”
Tafun Meng, 63, suddenly fell ill after her daughter’s home in Bensonhurst on February 17, 2021, and died eight hours after she was admitted to Mount Sinai in Brooklyn (pictured)
In May 2021, 4-year-old Wilhelm Dukatl also suddenly fell ill while at his mother’s house. He complained that he “felt tired” before being rushed to Maimonides’ hospital in critical condition with severe stomach pains. Ducatl died two days later.
Three months later, on May 24, the young Ducatl complained of stomach pains and fatigue before being admitted to the Maimonides hospital in critical condition.
A four-year-old child died two days later from acute thallium poisoning.
Wong claims he didn’t know his wife and grandson were poisoned until police arrived at his home three months ago and told him they were murder victims.
Police are continuing to investigate the deaths and the family is hoping for a closure.
“Almost a year after everything… if the police are investigating, we just want them to do their job,” the unnamed relative said.