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16/08/2019 16:07 BST | Updated 16/08/2019 16:32 BST

Mother Who Drowned IVF Twins In 'Anger' At Estranged Husband Is Jailed

Samantha Ford will complete a 10-year sentence in jail after psychiatric treatment.

A mother who drowned her twin children out of “anger” at her estranged husband has been locked up for 10 years.

Samantha Ford will complete her sentence in jail after psychiatric treatment, the Old Bailey heard.

The 38-year-old killed her children Jake and Chloe in the bath on Boxing Day last year, after she split from their father Steven Ford a few months before.

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Jake and Chloe Ford were found dead in Kent in December

She then drove her Ford Galaxy at about 100mph into the back of a lorry without a seatbelt on in the early hours of December 27.

When police managed to open the doors of her vehicle, she told them: “I’ve killed my babies. Please let me die.

“I put them in the bath. We were meant to be together. I was going to jump off a cliff but it’s too dark.”

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Steve Ford, father of Chloe and Jake Ford, arriving at the Old Bailey in London ahead of the sentencing of their mother, Samantha Ford

Police found the 23-month-old twins, who were conceived by IVF, dead in their bedroom at her rented home in Castle Drive, Margate, Kent.

Ford denied murder but admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a hearing in May.

Her husband attended the Old Bailey as Mr Justice Edis heard more evidence about his wife’s mental state ahead of sentencing.