Saturday 21 October 2017

Father charged with murdering children who were found after house fire

Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of eight-year-old Saros Endris and Leanor, aged six, who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Hamstead, Birmingham. Family handout/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of eight-year-old Saros Endris and Leanor, aged six, who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Hamstead, Birmingham. Family handout/PA Wire
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A man has been charged with murdering his son and daughter and the attempted murder of their mother.

Endris Mohammed (46) was charged with killing Saros Endris, eight, and six-year-old Leanor Endris, following a fire at their home in Birmingham.

He was also charged with attempting to kill their mother Penil Teklehaimanot.

Tuesday night was the first time detectives had been able to interview Mohammed about the deaths since his release from hospital, where he was being treated for burns suffered in a car fire.

Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of eight-year-old Saros Endris and Leanor, aged six, who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Hamstead, Birmingham. Family handout/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of eight-year-old Saros Endris and Leanor, aged six, who died after a suspected arson attack on their home in Hamstead, Birmingham. Family handout/PA Wire

He was discovered in the burning vehicle in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, hours after a fire at the children's house in Holland Road, Birmingham, in October.

Both youngsters were found in their home in the early hours of October 28 after the blaze, and were pronounced dead in hospital.

An inquest heard that neither child's death was a result of smoke inhalation or burns. Forensic tests are continuing to establish the cause of death.

Mohammed will appear at Walsall Magistrates' Court later, West Midlands Police said.

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