Tuesday 20 March 2018

Three children found dead after heavily pregnant mum falls to her death

A heavily pregnant woman who fell to her death at a car park before police discovered the bodies of her three young children has been named locally as Fiona Anderson.

Suffolk Police said they were called out at 8am on Monday to investigate the death of a woman in her 20s who suffered head injuries at a car park in Gordon Road.

Officers investigating the incident later found the children at a Victorian terraced house in London Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk. They were named by neighbours as Levina, three, Addy, two, and an 11-month-old baby boy, believed to have been called Kyden.

Paying tribute to Ms Anderson as a "loving mother", friends said she had recently split from boyfriend Craig McLelland. She is understood to have been worried that her children would be taken away by social services.

Speaking in front of the Victorian terraced house where the children were found, friend Karligh Smith, 20, said: "It's devastating, she was the most lovely mother. She had asked social services for help because she had three kids, another on the way, and she had to do all that by herself. Craig is devastated too, he came here to pay his respects this afternoon."

A Facebook page belonging to Ms Anderson but under the name Fiona Chisholm appeared to show a picture of the children with their father. In the last post made from the profile on Sunday, Ms Anderson uploaded a picture of an ultrasound scan showing a baby. She is believed to have been eight months pregnant.

In another post made on Sunday evening, Ms Anderson wrote: "Levina addy kyden evalie mummy will keep you safe. Mummy loves you. Mummy will keep you safe." In a further post, she complained "the people who are supposed to help us just tell lies and try to take my babies away".

Outside the house at the junction of London Road South and Grosvenor Road, many teddy bears had been left as tributes together with flower bouquets.

Visiting the scene, Mayor of Lowestoft, Nick Webb, said the community was in "absolute shock". He said: "It is just incomprehensible what has happened here and so difficult to get your head around. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of those who have lost their loved ones."

Formal identification is expected to take place after post-mortem examinations by a Home Office pathologist at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston conclude. Police said they were treating the children's deaths as suspicious but added that there was no further threat to the wider community.

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