Police charge Man, 37, and woman, 34, over deaths of two teenage boys

Police charge man, 37, and woman, 34, with murder over ‘poison’ deaths of two teenage boys, 13 and 14, who died at Sheffield house after telling friend they ‘felt sick’ over Nintendo Switch

  • Two teenage brothers died and their four siblings were taken to hospital  
  • Police sad a man, 37, and woman, 34, had been arrested on suspicion of murder
  • It was claimed the boys, 13 and 14, sent a message saying they were ill 
  • Police revealed that the four other children have been released from hospital

A man, 37, and woman, 34, arrested on suspicion of murder after a ‘major incident’ at a house in Sheffield on Friday morning have been charged.

On Sunday a statement from South Yorkshire police said the two people arrested from the house in Shiregreen have now been charged and will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The boys, aged 13 and 14, died after they were taken to hospital, suspected to have been poisoned, on Friday morning.

Four other children, aged 11, 10, three and seven months who cannot be named for legal reasons, were released from hospital on Saturday afternoon.

The surviving youngsters seen by neighbours being rushed into ambulances in bandages during Friday’s frantic scenes at a semi-detached house.

It was claimed the 13- and 14-year-old boys sent a message to a friend saying they were ill on a Nintendo Switch at 7.00am – just half an hour before police were called to their house (pictured: Floral tributes at the scene)

Officers have not revealed how the brothers, who were aged 13 and 14, died. Post-mortem examinations were due to be carried out Friday evening  (pictured: Floral tributes handed to police)

Officers have not revealed how the brothers, who were aged 13 and 14, died. Post-mortem examinations were due to be carried out Friday evening  (pictured: Floral tributes handed to police)

Pictured: Forensics officers attend the scene after six children were taken to hospital

Pictured: Forensics officers attend the scene after six children were taken to hospital

On Friday night it was understood that the children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were being cared for by social services. 

Reports speculated that they had been poisoned, but detectives have not confirmed any circumstances on either that or the charges levied against the arrested parties. 

It was claimed the 13 and 14-year-old boys sent a message from a Nintendo Switch console to a friend saying they were ‘feeling sick’ at 7am – half an hour before police were called to their house.

A neighbour said the boys messaged their friend saying: ‘We’re not coming to school today because we’re feeling sick.’

On Friday night it was understood that the other children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were being cared for by social services

On Friday night it was understood that the other children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were being cared for by social services

Police cordoned off the area at the property in Shiregreen, Sheffield, after six children were taken to hospital following 'a serious incident'

Police cordoned off the area at the property in Shiregreen, Sheffield, after six children were taken to hospital following ‘a serious incident’

South Yorkshire police superintendent Paul McCurry spoke to media as the investigation in to what led to the children's deaths continued

South Yorkshire police superintendent Paul McCurry spoke to media as the investigation in to what led to the children’s deaths continued

The children’s mother also reportedly told friends her children were sick hours before her sons died.

Police were called to the property in the Shiregreen area in the north of the city at around 7.30am on Friday. Up to 15 police cars, two riot vans and four ambulances descended on the home, while the air ambulance landed at a nearby primary school.

Superintendent Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said they were alerted after an ‘independent call for assistance’.

Dozens of floral tributes were left outside the family’s home that was still sealed off behind police tape on Friday. 

A steady stream of tearful school children brought flowers, balloons and teddy bears to the scene. An online fundraising drive has been launched to help the surviving children.

Superintendent Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said they were alerted after an ‘independent call for assistance'

Superintendent Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said they were alerted after an ‘independent call for assistance’ 

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