Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dad of three children found dead visits family home

Alez Diaz

Published 16/04/2013 | 15:44

Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, arrives with his mother Amanda McLelland
Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, arrives with his mother Amanda McLelland
Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, is comforted by his mother Amanda McLelland, as they view tributes outside her flat in London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, is comforted by his mother Amanda McLelland, as they view tributes outside her flat in London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, is comforted by his mother Amanda McLelland
Craig McLelland, the former partner of Fiona Anderson, who took her own life and that of their three children, is comforted by his mother Amanda McLelland

The father of three children found dead after their heavily pregnant mother fell to her death from a car park wept today as he visited the family's home.

Police were called out yesterday at 8am to the death of the woman, named locally as Fiona Anderson, who had suffered fatal head injuries at a multi-storey car park.

Officers investigating the incident later found the children - named by neighbours as Levina, three, Addy, two, and 11-month-old baby Kyden - at their home in London Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Ms Anderson, who neighbours said had recently turned 21, was eight months pregnant with a baby girl she had planned on calling Evalie.

Visiting the Victorian terraced house to leave flowers today, the father of her children, Craig McLelland, cried and hugged his mother, Amanda McLelland.

He told reporters to "get out of my face" as he left before stopping to hug his mother in a car park opposite.

Later in the day Mr McLelland's siblings also brought cuddly toys to add to a pile of teddy bears left in the front patio.

Neighbours and friends said he and Ms Anderson had separated recently and that she was depressed, had asked social services for help and was worried they would take her children away.

Next door neighbour and friend Megan Smith, 19, said that Ms Anderson had split up with her boyfriend the night before the tragedy.

Ms Smith said: "She was crying out for help because she was depressed, she couldn't cope.

"She had three kids, she was 21 years old, pregnant with her fourth - hormones take over, three kids under the age of three is a lot to take on at the age of 21.

"She was a lovely, bubbly person, she kept herself to herself, she did the best by her kids, her kids didn't want for anything."

But others in the neighbourhood claimed the break-up had happened two weeks previously after Mr McLelland started a new relationship.

Neighbour Nicola Lewis, 19, said Ms Anderson had "called the woman out" on Facebook but the post was later deleted.

In Facebook updates made the night before she and the children were found dead, Ms Anderson posted pictures of all her children.

The last post she made showed an ultrasound scan of the baby she was expecting.

Another post read: "Levina addy kyden evalie mummy will keep you safe. Mummy loves you. Mummy will keep you safe."

She had earlier complained that "the people who are supposed to help us just tell lies and try to take my babies away".

Tributes continued to pour in throughout the day outside the house where the family lived, with children's toys and flower bouquets piling up.

One card read: "Thinking of your family and friends at this really sad time. May you all rest in peace. Heart breaking and sad. From a family that don't know you but was saddened by this."

Police said they were still awaiting the conclusion of post-mortem examinations.

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