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Carer held over child killings

A care worker has been held after three severely disabled children were found dead at a charity home.

The children, aged three, nine and 14, were found after police were summoned to the home in the small town of Boecillo, near the town of Valladolid..

A 55-year-old woman who worked at the home was found with injuries that could be consistent with a suicide attempt, police said.

She is in custody at a hospital but has not been arrested, and the cause of the children's death is under investigation.

One theory being considered by police is that the carer suffocated the children - who were severely disabled and had very limited mobility - with a plastic bag in what she saw as a mercy killing.

The home could house six children but was occupied by only three at the time of the incident.

The woman in custody had worked the overnight shift. A colleague found her in the morning lying in a bathtub and bleeding..

The home is run by a Spanish charity called Mensajeros por la Paz, the president of which, the Rev. Angel Garcia, said the tragedy was "an act that can only stem from madness."

Two of the children were Spanish and the third was from the former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea. The caretaker is of Uruguayan origin.

She had worked at the home for six years and there had never been any problem with her.

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