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Children found dead in London all had ‘life-limiting genetic disorders’

A 43-year-old woman who was arrested yesterday is believed to be the three children’s mother.

Image: Steve Parsons/PA

Updated 1pm

A WOMAN HAS been arrested in London on suspicion of murder after the discovery of the bodies of three children at a house in London yesterday.

Police said they were called to an address in New Malden, south London, at 9.30pm last night. At the property they found the bodies of the three children.

A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at a south London police station, police said today. They added they detectives were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.

The woman has not been identified but media reports say she is the mother of the children.

New Malden deaths

A police officer carries some floral tributes at the house in New Malden.

Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

There were four children in the family, who were originally from South Africa, three of whom had “life-limiting genetic disorders”, according to a neighbour.

The neighbour, who did not wish to be identified, said four-year-old twin boys and an older girl were ill, but the eldest, aged about seven or eight, was in good health.

She told reporters that the father works in finance and the mother looks after the children adding: “They are a very, very lovely couple”.

A police spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the investigation is ongoing and they are not presently releasing further details about the children or the cause of their deaths.

- With additional reporting from AFP.

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