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Pregnant mum Fiona Anderson killed three children then jumped to her death, inquest told

By Ben Kendall

A heavily pregnant woman killed her three children before writing "I love you" on their bodies and tucking them up in bed, an inquest has heard.

Fiona Anderson (23) died on April 15 last year after jumping from a multi-storey car park in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Police discovered the bodies of Levina (3), Addy (2) and 11-month-old Kyden in their mother's bed at their home in Lowestoft, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard.

Miss Anderson, who feared her children would be taken into care, had scrawled several messages on the walls of the house, including: "I've put them in bed, the last words they heard were 'I love you'."

The inquest heard a Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board serious case review found that the repeated refusal by Miss Anderson and the children's father, Craig McClelland, to co-operate with social workers had made it difficult to take any effective action.

The report's author said attempts to intervene had been allowed to "drift", a student social worker had "inappropriately" been assigned to the case and the relationship between the couple and social workers had become "adversarial".

Although there were concerns over neglect, neither parent had been known to harm the children.

Coroner Peter Dean said he was satisfied Suffolk County Council had done everything it could since to improve procedures.

He recorded a verdict that Miss Anderson took her own life and that the three children were unlawfully killed. Officers who called at the house found evidence the children had been drowned in the bath.

There was no sign they had been restrained or assaulted, a post-mortem examination found.

Other messages, written on the wall in green marker pen, read: "I put them to bed with their bear bears - they loved their bears."

Another read: "I love them and I'm going to keep them safe."

A final message said: "They're cuddled up together sleeping. They look so peaceful."

Each of the children had a heart drawn on their torso in green ink to create the message "I love you x", Detective Chief Inspector Andy Smith said.

Police found evidence of a lipstick kissmark on their foreheads. Miss Anderson had written the names of each child on her body, along with the name "Eve" as she had intended to name her unborn daughter Everly Rihanna.

Mr Smith said that the day before the killings, she had argued with Mr McClelland after he began a new relationship.

She stabbed him during this row but he initially lied to police and said he had been stabbed in the street by a stranger.

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