Woman admits killing her twin children on Boxing Day

Will Metcalfe
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Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)
Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)

A mum may face a murder trial after admitting she killed her twins on Boxing Day.

Samantha Ford admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after her 23-month-old twins, Jake and Chloe Ford, were found dead in their beds in the early hours of December 27.

Ford, 37, was involved in a car crash at 2.50am on December 27, and when rescuers got to her, she told them to check her home because her babies were there.

When police raided her home, in Margate, Kent, at 3:35am, they found the tots dead.

Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)
Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)

Ford appeared in the dock dressed in a white blouse and black blazer for the 15-minute hearing at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

She pleaded not guilty to murdering Jake and Chloe Ford last Boxing Day but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

The case was adjourned for prosecutors to decide on whether they accept her manslaughter plea or wish to proceed to a murder trial.

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC said the Crown Prosecution Service had recently received a psychiatric report on Ms Ford.

Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)
Samantha Ford has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murdering her twins Jack and Chloe Ford on Boxing Day 2018. (SWNS)

He said: "We the prosecution are meeting tomorrow to discuss the contents and the background of this case.

"Certain steps have to be taken and ultimately we are using for the decision to be communicated to my learned friend's instructing solicitors and to the court of course by Wednesday the 5th of June."

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The twins' father Steven Ford and seven others attended the hearing. After the killings, he tweeted: "Daddy's twins xxx my beautiful babies. I love you."

In a later tweet he said: "I want the world to see my beautiful babies. Jake and Chloe forever xxx."

Jake and Chloe were found dead at their mum's home in Margate, at about 3.35am on December 27, but pathologists believe they died the day before.

The case was adjourned to June 10 with a provisional trial date for June 24.