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Mum Samantha Ford admits manslaughter of twin babies found at Margate home on Boxing Day

A mum may face a murder trial after she admitted killing her twin babies 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, 38, 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.

Samantha Ford with Jake and Chloe
Samantha Ford with Jake and Chloe

When police raided her home, in Castle Drive in Margate at 3.35am, they found the tots dead.

Ford appeared in the dock for the 15-minute hearing at the Old Bailey today.

The softy-spoken mother, who appeared in the dock wearing a white blouse and black blazer, pleaded not guilty to murdering Jake and Chloe Ford last Boxing Day.

She pleaded guilty to their manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Chloe and Jake Ford
Chloe and Jake Ford

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

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

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

He indicated a decision would be relayed to the court by Wednesday, June 5.

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."

Samantha and Steven Ford
Samantha and Steven Ford

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.

Jake and Chloe Ford (6912465)
Jake and Chloe Ford (6912465)

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

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