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Tania Clarence, 42, killed her three young disabled children at their home in London

Tania Clarence, 42, killed her three young disabled children at their home in London

Tania Clarence, 42, killed her three young disabled children at their home in London

A depressed mother wept in the dock as a court heard how she smothered her disabled twin sons with a nappy before killing their sister and trying to kill herself.

Tania Clarence (43) has admitted the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of Olivia (4) and three-year-olds Ben and Max at her home in New Malden, London, over the Easter holidays.

The children were found dead - tucked into their beds with toys arranged around their heads.

Prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC told the Old Bailey the children suffered from the muscle-weakening condition SMA type 2.

Days before the killings, Clarence's husband had taken their eight-year-old daughter, who is not disabled, on a trip to South Africa, leaving the defendant alone.

Ms Johnson said: "She smothered the boys first whilst they were sleeping using a nappy so they would not smell her.

"She found it much harder to kill Olivia, and wrote a letter to her husband in the time between killing the boys and killing Olivia."

The deaths were discovered after a nanny, called Jade, was phoned by Clarence's mother.

Belfast Telegraph