Saturday 20 January 2018

Mum charged with murder of children

Cordelia O'Neill

The mother of three children found dead in their home has been charged with their murder.

Theresa Riggi was arrested and charged over the deaths of her eight-year-old twins Augustino and Gianluca and their five-year-old sister Cecilia.

Their bodies were found in their home in Edinburgh, Scotland, last Wednesday, following reports of a loud gas explosion .

Mrs Riggi, 46, was found injured in the street after apparently falling from the second floor of the building.

She was taken to Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary Hospital where she remains in a "serious stable" condition.

Because of her condition it is not known when she will appear in court.

It was initially thought that the children had all died in an explosion, but police later said that there was no fault with the supply.

The children's father, Pasquale Riggi, said the deaths of his three "beautiful" children was an "immense and tragic loss". He was traced to an address in Aberdeen following the deaths.

He said: "Thanks to all who have offered such great comfort and support. We would request that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time."

The family came 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.

A warrant for Mrs Riggi's arrest was issued following the results of post-mortem examinations on the bodies of her three children.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "A 46-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the petition warrant. Due to the medical condition of the accused, it is not at this time known when she will appear in court."

Sunday Independent

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