Mother charged with murdering children

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A MOTHER has been charged with murdering three of her children after the bodies of the youngsters were found at the family home in an exclusive London neighbourhood.

Tania Clarence is to appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in south-west London today, Scotland Yard confirmed last night. Post-mortem examinations are being carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital on the children who have been named as three-year-old twins Ben and Max, and four-year-old Olivia.

They were found dead at their home in New Malden in south-west London on Tuesday night. It is reported that the children were suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – a life-limiting genetic illness.

Their father, Gary, who works as a director at banking firm Investec in the City of London, is thought to have been away in the family’s native South Africa with the couple’s eight-year-old daughter when the deaths occurred. He trained as a solicitor before going into banking.

The family moved to the wealthy suburb around a year ago and carried out a major renovation of the home, which included installing a lift.

After the bodies of the children were discovered, a poignant makeshift memorial with teddy bears, bouquets of flowers, pot plants and a child’s skipping rope were laid on the driveway of the house by a police officer.

Householders living nearby in the exclusive district of the capital spoke of their shock after learning of the children’s deaths, describing the family as “really, really lovely people”.

Retired nurse and health visitor Joy Devis, aged 86, claimed that the news of the children’s deaths was a “huge surprise and shock”.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths of the three children.