Dad ‘lost will to live’ after wife drowned their twins in ‘narcissistic rage’

A heartbroken father said he 'lost the will to live' after his wife drowned their two-year-old twins to 'punish him.'

Steven Ford said he pleaded with police to tell him it was not real when he discovered his wife Samantha had killed little Jake and Chloe on Boxing Day last year.

Mrs Ford drowned the 23-month-old children in the bath in a 'narcissistic rage' following the breakdown of their marriage.

The 38-year-old, who was suffering from acute depression, then tried to kill herself by driving her Ford Galaxy at 100mph into the rear of a lorry without a seatbelt.

Mr Ford, 36, told The Sunday Times : "I will never forget that day, I just lost the will to live. I pleaded with them to tell me, 'This isn't true, this hasn't happened.'

"I was almost begging them to tell me this wasn't real.

"To lose one child is horrific. To lose both your children is torture.

"But to lose your children because the other person that was supposed to protect them with their own life had taken theirs is incomprehensible and something I'll never come to terms with."

Mr Ford said the birth of the twins gave his life purpose and the day they were born was the happiest day of his life.

He said: "I was floating… It’s amazing. It’s your own flesh and blood, in front of you. And I had that twice."

But his world was tragically ripped apart of December 27 last year.

The twins were found dead in their beds in the early hours of that day after Mrs Ford was involved in a crash on the A299 in Kent.

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

While she was taken to hospital, police attended the address she was renting in Castle Drive, Margate, where they found the two toddlers in their bedroom in nappies and clean, dry baby grows.

Attempts were made to revive them, but rigor mortis had already set in.

While in hospital, Ford was described as hysterical, screaming: "I wouldn't hurt them, they're my babies. This is a dream."

She reportedly asked staff to throw her off a cliff.

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

At her sentencing hearing on Friday, the Old Bailey heard that Ford and her husband had spent the first 10 years of their marriage living in Qatar and their children were born by IVF while living there.

But the relationship turned sour after they returned to the UK in early 2018 and moved to the village of Charing in Kent, the court heard.

Ford was angry at leaving her affluent lifestyle in the Middle East, the Old Bailey heard, and was said to be trying to pressure her husband into returning to Qatar – leading to their split in November 2018.

In one message to Mr Ford, she said: "You have ripped my world apart now we are nothing but a miserable, broken family growing up in a shit hole."

Relatives said Ford's mental health declined rapidly following the separation, and she sent multiple text messages to her estranged husband trying to persuade him to return to her, the court heard.

Prosecutor Tom Kark QC said: "She was very upset that the relationship had broken down and didn't like the idea of becoming a single mother."

She and the children moved to an address in Castle Drive, Margate, while Mr Ford remained in Charing, the Old Bailey heard.

The court heard that her mental health declined rapidly following the separation and she made multiple internet searches of different methods of suicide.

She also googled terms such as "young mum kills herself" and "mum drowns her two children and then commits suicide".

Brenda Campbell QC, for Ford, said there had been 76 communications between Ford and mental health services in the weeks before the killings.

By Christmas, her family decided that her mental health was so poor that Mr Ford should take the twins and bring them back on Boxing Day, the court heard.

Ford drowned them later that evening after her parents had left the house.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Ford said he thought his children would have been "terrified, confused and that they suffered" in death.

He said: "This was the most heinous, spiteful act on two innocent children. I have no doubt [Ford] did this with the intention of taking her own life and punishing me in the process."

He added: "I know how she behaves when things don't go her way and when she doesn't get what she wants."

"It's an extreme version of her character because she couldn't get her own way – knowing how much I loved the children she knew it would be the ultimate punishment for me not going back to her."

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