Mother Arrested for Murdering Her Three Disabled Children, Including Twin Boys

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 23, 2014   |   5:34PM   |   Washington, DC

Tania Clarence, 42, has been arrested on suspicion of murder for killing her three disabled children after allegedly having a breakdown about providing them care and treatment.

Officials found the twin three year-old boys and their four-year-old sister dead in their apartment last night. Max, Ben and Olivia all reportedly were disabled and suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. Friends say Clarence was pregnant with the twin boys when she learned Olivia had the medical condition. Clarence has an older daughter, 8, who does not have the physical disability. The three children were believed to have had spinal muscular atrophy, which left Olivia in a wheelchair and the two boys barely able to move.

Apparently the children’s father was traveling abroad at the time of the murders and is with the couple’s eldest daughter.

taniaThe London Daily Mail has more details on this terrible case:

A series of tests revealed that the couple carried the disease and their children might not live into their teens.

‘They realised their daughter was not developing properly and then discovered this awful genetic condition,’ a friend told the Evening Standard.

‘The twins could not function at all. They had no muscle strength whatsoever. It was so devastating.

‘Her life was just so difficult. Always having different carers in and out of the house, transforming everything to make it accessible for wheelchairs. It was just so much to cope with.’

Graphic designer Mrs Clarence is in custody today. She was taken to hospital at around 9.30pm with minor injuries and later arrested on suspicion of murder.

Neighbours left flowers, teddies and handwritten prayers outside their home today and described them as a ‘lovely family’.

One note left outside the Victorian property said: ‘RIP Angels, shine down on us from heaven and light up the starry sky’.

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The family had moved into the property nine months ago after a major refurbishment, including a lift and ramps for their disabled children.

Blue and pink toys belonging to the children could still be seen outside the extended property today.