Mother of three dead children to be arrested
Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00
THE mother of three children found dead in their home faces prosecution over the deaths.
Eight-year-old twins Augustino and Gianluca Riggi and their five-year-old sister Cecilia were discovered on Wednesday at the modern townhouse in Slateford Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, after reports of an explosion.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court last night issued a warrant for the children's mother Theresa Riggi.
Mrs Riggi (46) is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after apparently falling from the second floor of the building.
The warrant was issued after post-mortem examinations were carried out on the children. It is thought the results showed they died before the explosion.
A report has now been submitted to the Scottish prosecutor, the Procurator Fiscal, who will decide whether to pursue a prosecution and what the charges will be.
Mrs Riggi and her husband Pasquale were locked in a bitter custody battle and on Tuesday a judge raised concerns over the children's safety when their mother failed to appear for divorce proceedings.
And last month she also went missing with the children for 10 days prompting police to launch a search.
Yesterday Mr Riggi said: "Our family is struggling to come to terms with the immense and tragic loss of three beautiful children. Thanks to all who have offered such great comfort and support.
"We request that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time."
The family came originally from California and Colorado and Mr Riggi has worked for Shell since 1987.
He has been in Aberdeen for a number of years and in the country for 13 years.
Edinburgh City Council said it was contacted by lawyers on Wednesday regarding the recent court proceedings.
Police traced Mr Riggi to the Aberdeen area after the discovery in Edinburgh, where Mrs Riggi had been living since the beginning of July.
Meanwhile, other reports have revealed how Mrs Riggi wrote in personal correspondence that she "treasured" her children.
In a message written last year, she said her children would "always come first".
She added: "I treasure every moment spent with them and marvel at their development -- I wouldn't miss it for the world."