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Mother who killed babies 'good mum'

A woman who killed her two children while suffering post-natal depression has told a court she was "a good mum".

Felicia Boots, 35, pleaded not to be judged harshly for killing Mason, nine weeks old, and Lily, 14 months.

They were found lying side by side on the floor of a walk-in wardrobe by Boots's investment banker husband Jeff at their home in Wandsworth, south London, in May.

Boots wept at the Old Bailey as she admitted the killings. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

She was ordered to be detained at a psychiatric unit and the court was told she would be given full support and care if she became pregnant again.

Boots, who wore a black suit and white blouse, sent a note to the court which was read by her counsel Kate Bex. It said: "May 9, 2012, is a day I will be eternally sorry for. It should never have happened.

"It troubles me more than anyone will ever know. Part of me will always be missing. I am a good person. I am a good mum and I never meant any of this to happen. I am truly sorry."

The court was told that Boots suffered postnatal depression following the births of both children, but appeared to be getting better. She was prescribed antidepressants but had not been taking them after becoming convinced the babies would be taken away from her because of the effects of the drugs on her breast milk.

Edward Brown QC, prosecuting, said Mr Boots was supporting his wife. He said: "This plainly is a tragic case. There were signs Mrs Boots had made an attempt on her own life. She had marks to her neck."

The couple married in 2007 and came to the UK from Canada. "They were a happy family and they were comfortably well-off," Mr Brown said.

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