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Mother charged for killing her 3 disabled children

By Mason White 9:40 AM July 8, 2014
Gary Clarence with his twins Ben and Max 

By: Devansh Dutt
Three disabled children are dead after their mother strangled them, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

At the Old Bailey, the mother admitted to killing her three children.

42-year-old Tania Clarence, is said to have suffocated her four-year-old Olivia, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max, at her home in New Malden. The children, who all suffered spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), faced a shorter life expectancy.

They were found dead by the family nanny and a neighbor. Clarence’s 43-year-old husband Gary, who is an investment banker, had been in his native South Africa with his oldest child at the time of the killing.

Police were called to the five-bedroom family home, and they were pronounced dead at the scene. She denied three counts of murder, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

Clarence was sent to a secure hospital under the Mental Health Act for assessment by psychiatrists.