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New Malden Mother Admits Killing Her Disabled Children

Tuesday 8th July 2014

A woman from New Malden has pleaded guilty to killing her three disabled children.

The house in New Malden

Appearing at the Old Bailey yesterday Tania Clarence admitted the manslaughter of Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max by diminished responsibility.

But the 42 year old denied murdering the three children who all suffered from type 2 spinal muscular atrophy - also known as floppy baby syndrome.

The genetic condition leaves children with little control of their movements and can drastically shorten life expectancy.

Police were called to the Clarence family's home at 9.30pm on 22nd April where they discovered the children, who were declared dead at the scene.

Tania Clarence was treated for cuts at St George's Hospital in Tooting and charged on 24th April.

Her husband Gary had been away at the time.

A date was set for a three to four-week trial to start on February 21 next year and the defendant was remanded to a secure mental hospital.

A further pre-trial hearing will take place on October 3.