Woman, 34, faces court today over double ‘poison’ murder of two teenage brothers

Woman, 34, faces court today over double ‘poison’ murder of two teenage brothers in Sheffield house and three attempted murder charges while man, 37, will answer two counts of murder

  • 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
  • The two adults are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court later today 
  • It was claimed the boys, 13 and 14, sent a message saying they were ill

A woman is set to appear in court today charged with murdering two boys aged 13 and 14.

The woman also faces three counts of attempted murder following the incident at a house in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police previously said a 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man, who has also been charged with murdering the two boys, will appear alongside the woman at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court later today.

A seven-month-old baby and children aged 3, 10 and 11 were also taken to hospital, where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. 

The boys died after they were taken to hospital and are suspected to have been poisoned, it was reported.

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. 

Floral tributes have been left outside the home (pictured) in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield

A police woman took flowers from school children to lay outside the house where the children died. Two people have now been arrested

A police woman took flowers from school children to lay outside the house where the children died. Two people have now been arrested

An aerial view of the police investigation at the house. Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance were called to take six children to hospital

An aerial view of the police investigation at the house. Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance were called to take six children to hospital

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

The spokesman said: ‘The two cannot be named for legal reasons. 

‘Anyone who chooses to name them could be charged with contempt of court.’

The force said on Saturday that four other children who were ‘rescued’ from the house had been released from hospital.

They cannot be named for legal reasons.

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’

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

Officers were called to the semi-detached house in Shiregreen at around 7.30am on Friday.

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

On Friday night it was understood that the children were being cared for by social services. 

Reports speculated that they had been poisoned, but detectives have so far given no indication about the nature of the incident, but have confirmed it was not a shooting, and said it was confined to one property.

A spokesman said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Pictured: A forensics officer attends the scene after six children were taken to hospital

Pictured: A forensics officer attends the scene after six children were taken to hospital

As the investigation continues police continue to guard the entrance to the house where six children were found and taken to hospital

As the investigation continues police continue to guard the entrance to the house where six children were found and taken to hospital

A spokesman said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

People living nearby saw more than a dozen police cars and four ambulances arrive in the tree-lined road and an air ambulance land in the grounds of Hartley Brook Primary Academy.

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.   

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