Mother charged with murder of her three children

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The mother of three children found dead in a flat in Edinburgh has been charged with their murder, police said on Saturday.

The bodies of Gianluca and Augustino Riggi, both 8, and their 5-year-old sister Cecilia were found on Wednesday after emergency services were called to reports of an explosion at their home.

Lothian and Borders police later said they had found little evidence of fire damage and nothing to suggest there had been an explosion, or fault with the gas supply.

The children's 46-year-old mother Theresa Riggi was found outside the property having fallen from the second floor of the house. She is in a stable condition in hospital.

Police said the post mortems of the children had been concluded and a report submitted to the prosecutor fiscal.

The youngsters' father Pasquale Riggi thanked those who had offered support since their deaths.

"Our family is struggling to come to terms with the immense and tragic loss of three beautiful children," he said in a statement.