A FATHER is believed to have slit his little daughter's throats and their mother's before hanging himself.
Last night post-mortems were being carried out on the bodies of the two little girls and their parents who were found dead in the family home.
Police were called to the semi-detached house in Provost Street in the New Forest village of Fordingbridge, in the south of England, at 11.20am yesterday after the shocking discovery.
The family were named locally as Andrew and Vicki Case and their daughters Phoebe (2) and Nereya (1).
Neighbours said they believed Case slit the throats of his wife and the two young children before killing himself.
The ambulance service said Case (32) was found hanged.
The toddlers' grandmother, who usually looks after them on Mondays, went to the house after phoning the family repeatedly and receiving no answer, a neighbour said.
Alayna Brooks (53) rushed over to the house herself after the grandmother found the bodies. She told how the woman emerged screaming "all my babies are dead". Ms Brooks said she went inside and found Mrs Case, in her 30s, dead in the dining room with a plastic bag over her head. She then went upstairs and found the little girls dead on a bed. It is unclear where the man was found.
A cordon was set up around the property, which lies in a pretty street of terraced and semi-detached houses, some with riverside views.
Mother-of-three Ms Brooks said the family had just returned from a week's holiday in Weymouth.
"They were so loved up," she said. "In fact if I had a marriage I would have loved their marriage -- they just loved each other."
Another neighbour, Jeremy Pentecost, said he ran out of his house, which overlooks the property where the bodies were discovered.
"We heard all the screaming and the woman's mother was outside and she was collapsed on the floor. I cannot believe it's real."
The family were believed to be new to the street. Mrs Case ran a children's nursery in nearby Sandleheath.