Mother drowned twins in break-up ‘revenge’

Jake and Chloe Ford were killed by their mother

Friday, August 16, 2019

A depressed mother who drowned her twin toddlers in the bath has been jailed for up to 10 years.

Samantha Ford killed her children Jake and Chloe on Boxing Day last year, a few months after a break-up with their father Steven.

The next morning she drove without a seatbelt into the back of a lorry at 100mph and told police “I've killed my babies. Please let me die.”

“I put them in the bath. We were meant to be together. I was going to jump off a cliff but it's too dark,” she said.

Ford denied murder but admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Psychiatrist Dr Philip Joseph told the court Ford felt betrayed by her estranged husband and was “wanting revenge” when she killed the children.

In a victim impact statement read at an earlier hearing, Mr Ford said it was the “most heinous, spiteful act on two innocent children”.

“I have no doubt (Ford) did this with the intention of taking her own life and punishing me in the process,” he said.

“I know how she behaves when things don't go her way and when she doesn't get what she wants.”

Steven Ford attended the sentencing

Relatives said Ford’s mental health declined rapidly after her husband left, and the court heard there had been 76 communications between Ford and mental health clinics.

Mr Justice Edis sentenced Ford to serve time in a psychiatric unit until she was well enough to be transferred to prison.

He said: “The horror of what happened does not need any explanation by me.”

“In deciding to kill your children and yourself, I am sure that you had thoughts of the effect this would have on Steven Ford, with whom all the psychiatrists say you were preoccupied.”

Kent Police Detective Chief Inspector Kaye Braybrook said he hoped the sentence would “bring some closure” to the family.

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