Mother who murdered her own children jailed for life

Louise Porton murdered her two young daughters

Friday, August 2, 2019

A Warwickshire woman has been jailed for life for murdering her two young daughters after they “got in the way” of her sex life.

Louise Porton suffocated three-year-old Lexi Draper in the early hours of January 15 last year and killed 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan two weeks later on February 1.

When Lexi was ill in hospital, just over a week before she died, her mother took topless photos in the toilets and was arranging to perform sex acts for money with a man she had met online.

The day after the three-year-old’s death, Porton accepted 41 friend requests on a dating app.

The court was also told Porton was heard “laughing” at a funeral parlour just two days before Scarlett’s death, and was described by prosecutors as “calm and emotionless.”

Judge Amanda Yip said: “One way or another you squeezed the life out of each of your daughters, only calling the emergency services when you knew they were dead.”

During the trial, the defendant’s landlady, who used to babysit the girls, made a statement to police saying Porton was doing “whatever she could not to have them with her”.

Prosecutor Oliver Saxby said: “It is hard not to draw the conclusion that, for the defendant, at times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted”.

Warwickshire Police said evidence from internet searches about death and Lexi's two hospital admissions made it clear that Porton had tried to kill her daughter twice before eventually succeeding.

The 23-year-old denied killing her children, saying: “I still don't know how my daughters died, or what caused it.”

She has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years.

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