Mother admits killing her two young children
Mum refused police help then 'suffocated' youngsters in hotel
Published 22/05/2010 | 05:00
A BRITISH mother has confessed to killing her two children in a Spanish hotel room, court officials said last night.
Lianne Smith (43) was arrested by police in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava after Rebecca (5) and her 11-month-old brother Daniel were found dead on Tuesday.
According to reports, they had been suffocated.
A judge ruled yesterday that there was evidence that the mother was responsible for the deaths and decided she should be held in custody.
Following the hearing, she was transferred to jail in Girona to await trial.
In a statement, court officials said: "Smith spontaneously declared that she had killed her two children."
The children died on the same day that Smith's partner, Martin Smith (45), was extradited to Britain to face child sex charges.
One of Britain's most wanted men until his arrest by Spanish police earlier this month, Smith allegedly jumped bail in 2008 while facing charges of rape of a child under 16, gross indecency with a girl under 16, indecent assault of a girl under 16 and attempted rape of a girl under 16.
A police spokesman said they originally attempted to trace his partner and her daughter after they left their home in the area in 2007.
"As soon as we became aware of the arrest of Martin Smith we instigated a welfare check -- through authorities in Spain -- on Lianne and Rebecca." he said.
"We were informed that they were safe and well. Lianne declined all offers of police help and support and stated her intention to remain in Spain -- as was her legal right -- and not to return to the UK.
"At this point we also became aware of the existence of Rebecca's younger brother," the spokesman said.
It has been reported that Smith, who is believed to have run a nursery in Barcelona, was worried the Spanish authorities would take her children away.
The children's nanny said she believed that Smith had intended to leave the two infants in her care and then go off and kill herself.
Mimi Buckley (21), said: "I think she meant to hire me as a nanny, leave her children with me and then commit suicide.
"But I don't think she could bear to leave them."
Ms Buckley described the children as "beautiful" and spoke of Rebecca's love of drawing and "girly things".
What happened was "awful", she added.