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I stepped out of my home to find out what happened because I heard sobbing. Then I heard him tell the police officer his wife had jumped.

- A resident, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim

It was a triple blow for a man who just returned to Singapore on Tuesday morning from a 10-day trip in India.

WIFE FOUND AT FOOT OF BLOCK

First, he came home to the sight of his wife lying motionless at the foot of his block at Compassvale Street.

A resident who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim said the man, reported to be an Indian national, was the one who had called the police at about 6am.

Said the housewife in her 50s: "I stepped out of my home to find out what happened because I heard sobbing.

"Then I heard him tell the police officer his wife had jumped. In between sobs, he repeated to the police officer 'she's definitely dead, she's definitely dead'."

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the family are permanent residents from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and that the man works in the IT industry.

DAUGHTER, 8, DEAD IN HOME

Mrs Lim said she later heard him wailing in his flat on the second storey.

"I think it's because he found out his daughter was also dead at home."

A police spokesman confirmed that an eight-year-old girl was found motionless in the flat.

Paramedics later pronounced her dead at the scene, said a Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman.

DAUGHTER, 3, TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

The third blow came when a three-year-old girl, believed to be the family's youngest child, was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) a few hours after her mother fell to death at about 9am.

Wanbao reported that she was taken to KKH as she was vomiting.

Residents The New Paper spoke to yesterday afternoon said they were aware of the incident only later in the morning.

A domestic helper working on the ninth storey said she heard a shrill scream at around 6am on Tuesday, followed by the sound of something hard hitting the ground.

The Filipina, who declined to be named, was helping her employer's child prepare for school.

Another domestic helper, who wanted to be known as Melody, said she only found out when she saw a crowd of police officers at the ground floor, as well as in the family's flat.

"I was going out and I saw the police bring out a short stool from the family's flat. I could only see the body being covered by a blue tent.

"I didn't dare to look more carefully as I was scared," the Filipina, who is in her 20s, added.

Neighbours said they are not familiar with the family of four as they only moved in late last year and kept a low profile. The police has classified the case as unnatural death, and investigations are ongoing.