Mother Tania Clarence admits killing her three disabled children

Olivia, Ben and Max were found dead at the Clarence family home in April

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A mother has admitted to killing her three disabled young children.

Tania Clarence pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her children at the Old Bailey, but she denied murder on grounds of diminished responsibility.

Police officers were called to the Clarence family home at 9:30pm on 22 April, where Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max were discovered. The children were pronounced dead at the scene.

42-year-old Clarence was treated for cuts at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, and charged on 24 April.

All three children suffered from type 2 spinal muscular atrophy - also known as floppy baby syndrome. The genetic condition leaves children with little control of their movements and can drastically shorten life expectancy.

Clarence was tearful as she entered her pleas in the dock as her investment-banker husband Gary looked on nearby.

She was remanded to a secure mental hospital and a provisional trial date has been set for 23 February next year at the same court.

A further pre-trial hearing will take place on 3 October.

Additional reporting by PA