A man has been charged with murdering a mother and her 13-year-old son who were stabbed at their home.
West Midlands Police said Aaron Barley, of no fixed abode, is accused of killing Tracey Wilkinson and her son Pierce and faces a further charge of attempting to murder the boy’s father, Peter.
Mrs Wilkinson was pronounced dead at her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands, on Thursday after suffering stab injuries, while her son was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
Barley, aged 23, will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Saturday.
Meanwhile, police said Mrs Wilkinson’s husband Peter, who also suffered stab wounds, remains in a stable condition in hospital.
Mrs Wilkinson, aged 50, her 47-year-old husband and their son were found injured after emergency services attended their home in Greyhound Lane, Norton, at about 8am.
News of the charges emerged after the executive headteacher of Pierce’s school paid tribute to the teenager.
Stephen Dunster, of Stourbridge’s Redhill School, said: “Pierce was a loyal, caring and conscientious pupil who will be sadly missed by all members of our school community. He always met everyone with a smile and was a kind and thoughtful young man.
“He was passionate about his football team, West Bromwich Albion and was devoted to his pet greyhound dog.
“He was a loving son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, in particular his father Peter and his sister Lydia.”
Pupils and staff at the school are being offered professional help and counselling following the deaths.
In a letter to parents, Redhill School said pupils had shared their grief and memories of Pierce during Friday.
The letter said: “We are grateful to Dudley Educational Psychology Service who have provided a team of counsellors so that pupils and staff needing support have been able to meet with them and be comforted.
“Members of the team will be in school next week to offer further support.”