Murder-accused mother due in court

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A mother will appear in court today accused of murdering her three young disabled children.

Tania Clarence, 42, has already pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max by diminished responsibility.

But Clarence, of New Malden, south London, denies murdering the three children between April 20 and 23.

She is due to appear before the Old Bailey for a hearing ahead of a trial scheduled to start on February 21 next year.

Police were called to the family’s five-bedroom home in Thetford Road in the wealthy south-west London suburb of New Malden at 9.30pm on April 22 where they discovered the children, who were pronounced dead at the scene.

Clarence was treated for cuts at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, and charged on April 24.

She is on remand at a secure hospital awaiting trial.

All three of Clarence’s young children suffered from type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Children with SMA Type 2 have weakness in their muscles which means they cannot stand unaided, may have difficulty with other movements and are vulnerable to respiratory infections.

Although it remains a life-limiting condition, improvements in care mean that most of those affected now live long and fulfilling lives.

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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