Pictured: Mother, 22 charged with murdering her two daughters aged three and 16 months who died just weeks apart as she appears in court
- Louise Porton, 22, from Rugby, is accused of killing her two daughters
- Lexi Draper and little sister Scarlett Vaughan died within fortnight of each other
- Mother will appear at Warwick Crown Court next week charged with murder
Louise Porton (pictured above) has been charged with murdering her two children
This is the first picture of a mother who has been charged with murdering her two young daughters one-year after they mysteriously died within weeks of each other.
Louise Porton, 22, from Rugby, appeared at Leamington Magistrates’ Court this morning and is accused of killing Lexi Draper, three, and 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan.
Lexi was found dead at home in the early hours of 15 January last year after reports she was unconscious.
A fortnight later on 1 February, her little sister Scarlett died after falling ill at home.
Wearing a white cardigan and grey bottoms, Porton spoke only to confirm her name, date-of-birth and address, during the two-minute hearing.
She was remanded into custody and will appear via video link for her next appearance at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday 29 January.
Her family members were in attendance at court and were pictured leaving Warwickshire Justice Centre earlier today.
Lexi (left) was found dead at home in the early hours of 15 January last year a fortnight later on her little sister Scarlett (right) died after falling ill at home
Louise Porton (left) has been charged with the murder of Lexi (right) and Scarlett (left)
Family members of Louise Porten pictured leaving Warwickshire Justice Centre earlier today
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.’
Louise Porton (left and right) will appear at Warwick Crown Court on January 29
Louise Porton’s family were pictured in casual clothing (above) leaving Warwickshire Justice Centre
Louise Porton, 22, is accused of killing 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan and three-year-old Lexi Draper. She’ll appear at Warwickshire Crown Court (pictured) next week
A Warwickshire Police statement said: ‘Following an investigation by the Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit, a file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service and on Friday 25 January the decision was taken to charge Porton with murdering Lexi and Scarlett.
‘She will appear at Leamington Magistrates’ Court Saturday 26 January.’
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