A MUM killed her two toddlers by spiking their drinks with huge amounts of drugs before killing herself, an inquest heard today.
Tiffany Stevens, 27, was convinced she had brought her daughters into a "corrupt world" before their death in Little Lever, Bolton, in 2019.
Bolton Coroner’s Court heard the mum-of-two killed Casey-Lea Taylor, 3, and Darcy Stevens, 1, by giving them "massive amounts" of a pain relief drug.
Police had initially treated the tots deaths as murder, but Tiffany’s was not being treated as suspicious.
The inquest heard the mum had injected a cocktail of drugs into herself, and was found to have fatal levels in her system.
In a heartbreaking note the mum said: "I have chosen to kill us in my children's best interests."
Officers were sent to their home after concerned relatives had been unable to contact her for a week.
Paramedic Kirsty Ogden told the court she found Tiffany and Casey-Lea lying on a mattress under a duvet when she entered the terraced home.
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The inquest heard that little Darcey was found dead in a buggy by the front door, near the living room where her mum and sister were discovered.
A toxicology report found that Darcey had died after drinking fatal amounts of pain relief medication.
Casey-Lea had been injected with another drug, as well as multiple other substances being found in her system.
Dr Phillip Lumb concluded that the family had been dead for around a week when they were discovered.
He ruled that both of the tots died as a result of drug toxicity.
In response to a question from Tiffany's mum, Bobby-Jo Stevens, Dr Lumb stated the drugs Ms Stevens and the girls had taken would have rendered them unconscious before death.
He added: "I don't think there would be any pain or suffering."
'MOST DISTRESSING CASE'
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of the two children.
At an earlier hearing Mr Sigee described the tragedy as “one of the most distressing cases I have had to deal with in my time as a coroner".
Paying tribute at the time of their deaths, Tiffany's heartbroken brother Jamielee Cunliffe said: “As most of u all probably already know yes it is true sadly to say we have lost 3 angels Tiffany and the babies so now it’s officially out.
“It’s only just happened and were still getting our heads round. My brain is racked with all the love and support for us all.
“I only found out last night myself. Can’t thank u all at once but need to have a bit of time alone to think.
“Send all your prayers to Tiffany and the girls that’s what the family want thanks everyone.”
You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
Contact the Samaritans
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They are available for free at anytime.
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