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Tania Clarence admits manslaughter of three children

Gary Clarence and his two sons, Image copyright Other
Image caption The children's father, Gary Clarence, was in South Africa at the time of the deaths

A mother has admitted killing her three disabled children.

Tania Clarence, 42, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her three-year-old twin sons and daughter, aged four, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

At the Old Bailey, the mother from New Malden, south-west London, denied their murder.

The children, who all had type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, were found at their home on 22 April.

The genetic condition leaves children with little control of their movements and can drastically shorten life expectancy.

Ms Clarence was treated for cuts at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, and charged on 24 April.

She was remanded to a secure mental hospital and a provisional trial date has been set for 23 February next year at the same court.

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