A young mother has appeared in court charged with murdering her two young daughters who died weeks apart.
Louise Porton, 22, is accused of killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and 16-month old Scarlett Vaughan.
Lexi died in hospital after paramedics reportedly found her unconscious in her home in Rugby on January 15 last year, police said.
Louise Porton, 22, appeared in court today
A fortnight later on February 1, her little sister Scarlett died after reportedly falling ill at home. Porton, of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, appeared in court today charged with two counts of murder. She only to confirm her name, date-of-birth and address, during the two-minute hearing.
Porton was taken back into custody and will appear via video link for her next appearance at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday. Chair of the bench Carol Throne said: ‘As you have heard we cannot deal with the matter today.
‘It will need to be sent to Warwick Crown Court on January 29. It will be by live video link.’ A Warwickshire Police statement said: ‘Three-year-old Lexi Draper died in January 2018.
‘She was pronounced dead by paramedics after they received a report she had been found unconscious at her home in Rugby in the early hours of 15 January 2018. ‘Scarlett Vaughan, aged 16 months, died on the night of 1 February 2018.
‘She was pronounced dead in hospital after being taken there by paramedics who responded to a report she had fallen ill. ‘Following an investigation by the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit, a file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service and today (Friday 25 January) the decision was taken to charge Porton with murdering Lexi and Scarlett. ‘She will appear at Leamington Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Saturday 26 January).’