Court date for children murder charge mother

Theresa Riggi with Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin. (Picture obtained by the BBC)
Image caption Theresa Riggi has been charged with murdering Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin

A woman charged with the murder of her three children is due to have the next stage of her case heard in court next week, it has been announced.

Twins Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their sister Cecilia, five, were found dead in Edinburgh on 4 August, after moving from Skene, Aberdeenshire.

Theresa Riggi, 46, faced murder charges at a special hearing in private at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 24 August.

A private hearing is scheduled for Edinburgh Sheriff Court next Friday.

The court has already made an assessment order detaining Mrs Riggi in hospital.

A decision is expected to be made next week as to whether Mrs Riggi will be medically able to attend in person on 17 September.

A funeral service for the three children was held in Aberdeen last month.

Their father Pasquale Riggi had earlier described the trio as a "beautiful blessing".

The children were found in a flat in Edinburgh's Slateford Road.

California-born Mrs Riggi was found badly injured and has been receiving treatment in hospital.

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