By: Yiu Kai-hsiang, Lu Hsin-hui and Christie Chen
Taipei, March 28 (CNA) A man detained for allegedly killing a 4-year-old girl in an apparent
random attack in Taipei on Monday had previously been treated at a psychiatric hospital in the city, according to Taipei police.
Records showed that the 33-year-old man had sought treatment at the Taipei City Hospital Songde Branch, a public psychiatric hospital, but he does not have a government-issued disability card, the police said.
The hospital confirmed that the suspect had sought treatment there once in 2014, but added that it does not prove he has a mental illness. At the time, the man admitted to taking drugs, but a drug test came up negative, the hospital said.
It said further investigation would be required to find out whether the man had sought psychiatric treatment elsewhere.
The suspect, identified only by his surname Wang, has also been convicted for drug offenses and is currently unemployed, the police said. [FULL STORY]