A ‘materialistic’ mum drowned her twin son and daughter in the bath after suffering a breakdown when she lost her lavish lifestyle in Qatar, a court heard.
Samantha Ford, 38, killed 23-month-old toddlers Jake and Chloe at their home near Margate in Kent.
The Old Bailey heard the mum was furious at leaving Qatar with her “miracle” IVF twins. Ford married her husband Steven in 2008 and the couple moved to Qatar where they enjoyed an ‘affluent’ and ‘lavish’ lifestyle.
She became pregnant with twins after IVF treatment, giving birth to Jake and Chloe in 2017.
In 2018 the family moved back to the UK to a house in Charing, near Ashford in Kent, the court heard.
However, Mrs Ford was seriously unhappy.
Ford was angry at leaving her affluent lifestyle in the Middle East, the Old Bailey heard, and was said to be trying to pressure her husband into returning to Qatar – leading to their split in November 2018.
In one message to Mr Ford, she said: “You have ripped my world apart now we are nothing but a miserable, broken family growing up in a shit hole.”
Relatives said Ford’s mental health declined rapidly following the separation, and she sent multiple text messages to her estranged husband trying to persuade him to return to her, the court heard.
The court heard Ford had sent a message on Christmas Day, telling someone: “I just need to end. I just need something to strike him to make him know what he’s doing”.
The court heard in the weeks leading up to last Christmas, Ford’s health had ‘deteriorated’ and she had Google searched methods of suicide and murder.
An examination of her phone revealed she had searched: ‘How long does it take to drown someone’ less than two hours before the children were killed, and days before had searched ‘mum drowns her two kids and then commits suicide’.
Ford previously admitted two counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility and is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey this afternoon.
The tiny children were found dead after a crash on the London-bound carriageway of the A299 Thanet Way shortly before 3am on December 27.
Their mum had deliberately smashed into the back of a lorry at speeds of up to 100mph.
The Old Bailey heard she was ‘hysterical’, ‘screaming’ at officers who found her slumped over the passenger seat: ‘Just let me die. I’ve killed my babies. I have had a breakdown.
‘I would never hurt them, they are my miracle babies. It’s all a dream.’
She said she had ‘put them in the bath’ and urged the officers them to check her home in Westwood.
After rushing back to the house they discovered the two children laying dressed in their beds and attempted to resuscitate them, but ‘that was sadly a hopeless exercise’, said prosecutor Tom Kark QC.
A note found by officers on the table scrawled by Samantha read: ‘Please forgive my crazy mind.’
Mr Kark said: ‘This is a tragic and, in some respects, complex case.
‘On the night of December 27 last year, the defendant killed her twin children Jake and Chloe Ford.
‘They were aged 23 months, and she killed them, it would appear, by drowning them in the bath at the family home in Castle Drive, Margate.
‘The defendant was charged with murder and on May 28 she entered pleas of not guilty to two counts of murder, but guilty to the offence of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
‘For reasons the court is aware of those pleas were eventually accepted by the prosecution.’
After the killings, Mr Ford tweeted: “Daddy’s twins xxx my beautiful babies. I love you.”
In a later tweet, he said: “I want the world to see my beautiful babies.
“Jake and Chloe forever xxx.”