A MOTHER was being held by police last night on suspicion of murdering her four-year-old daughter and twin sons aged three.
Tania Clarence, 42, cared full-time for the three children, who are understood to have suffered from a life-limiting genetic condition, while their father Gary worked as a director at City bank Investec.
Police were called to their large semi-detached home in New Malden, south London, where they found the bodies on Tuesday night.
Officers have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said that a 42-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries before being discharged and arrested over the incident.
Mr Clarence, who trained as a solicitor before going into banking, was not at home at the time of the deaths but is understood to have been informed about the tragedy. Originally from South Africa, the family moved to the wealthy suburb around a year ago and carried out a major refurbishment of the home, which included installing a lift.
Police have not given a cause of death for the three children, but said that post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course.
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