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Killer mum spared murder trial after drowning twins

A MOTHER who admitted drowning her young twins after the breakdown of her relationship will not face trial for their murder, a court has heard.

Samantha Ford (above), 38, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of 23-month-old Jake and Chloe Ford (also pictured), but denied murdering them on Boxing Day 2018.

Police had visited her home a day later after her car was in a crash with a lorry and found the bodies of the twins in Margate, Kent.

At a hearing before Mr Justice Edis at the Old Bailey, the Crown accepted Ford’s plea. Prosecutor Ed Brown QC said the decision came after careful consideration of a psychiatric report and a consultation with the children’s father and Ford’s husband, Steven, who was in court for the hearing. ‘It is a case of great sensitivity in all respects,’ he added.

Ford, who is in custody, was not required to attend the brief hearing, at which the judge ordered a further psychiatric report to examine her current mental state. Mr Justice Edis adjourned sentencing to July 26, when he will consider a disposal under the mental health act.