Sunday 30 April 2017

Mother told police: 'I've killed my children'

Matthew Moore, Lucy Cockcroft and Ben Leach

A mother arrested on suspicion of murdering her young son and daughter walked into a police station in England and told officers: "I've killed my children", it has been reported.

Fiona Donnison, 43, was "spaced out" with self-inflicted cuts to her wrists and arms when she made the apparent confession, according to the reports.

She led officers to her parked hatchback car nearby, where police found the bodies of her children, named locally as three-year-old Harry Donnison and his 18 month-old sister Elise.

Officers then forced their way into the silver Nissan hatchback and found the children, who had been dead for some time, wrapped in black plastic bin liners in separate sports bags in the back of the car, according to The Sun.

Police said that Mrs Donnison had injuries to one arm and is believed to have self harmed. She was taken to hospital under police guard.

She is believed to have separated from the children’s father Paul before Christmas and she had moved away from the family home to live in Lightwater, Surrey.

It emerged last night that they had already suffered tragedy five years ago with the death of Mia, their first child together, just before her first birthday.

On her site on the Friends Reunited website Mrs Donnison proudly displayed a photograph of Elise captioned: “My beautiful daughter, I know I’m biased.”

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths, but sealed off a large family home 100yd from Mill Close, where the bodies were found.

Neighbours said the three-storey detached property was recently put on the market after the couple who own it split up before Christmas.

The children were pronounced dead at the scene. They were in separate seats in the back of the car and had been dead some time. The cause of death has not been made public.

Last night Mrs Donnison was receiving treatment at Eastbourne District General Hospital where her condition was said to be stable.

Paul Donnison, who worked as an underwriter in the city for 15 years, has two children from a previous relationship; Hannah, 19, and Alexander, 16.

On her FriendsReunited profile, Mrs Donnison said she worked as a credit manager for a Lloyds syndicate in the city but was currently looking for another job. She said she owns a BMW 5 series and enjoys golf and skiing.

The incident caused distress in the quiet community. Homes on the street typically sell for more than £250,000 (€290,000) and the market town is surrounded by the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ian Paseka, a resident of Mill Close, said: “It’s terrible. This is an upper middle-class residential area with no crime whatsoever. We’ve never had a burglary. “The crime scene is all cordoned off. There is police tape, and a police car and two policemen here.”

Post mortem examinations are due to take place on Thursday. Ch Insp Julia Pope, the Wealden district policing commander, said: “This is a very tragic incident, but I would like to reassure people that it is fully contained and there is no threat to anyone in the area."

Telegraph.co.uk

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