Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead with her two daughters after giving them fatal overdoses. (Reach)
A mother killed her two young daughters and then took her own life. She said it was “in their best interests” since she thought they were “brought into a corrupt world”.
Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead next to three-year-old Casey-Lea Taylor, 3, and Darcey Stevens, 18 months, in January 2019.
An investigation before the Bolton Coroners Court found that the teenagers drank “massive amounts” of methadone while their mother had fatal levels of morphine in her system and injected insulin and methadone.
In a suicide note found in the family home in Bolton, Lancashire, Stevens had written, “I have made a decision to kill us in the best interests of my children.”
The bodies of Stevens and their daughters were found in their home on Arthur Street, Bolton, in January 2019. (SWNS)
The investigation learned that the young mother was convinced that she had brought her daughters into a corrupt world.
Just six weeks before her death, she had made a suicide pact with another woman she had met during her childhood, but when they met in a hotel, the other woman withdrew because Stevens had her daughters with her.
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The investigation into which the coroner decided that Stevens had murdered their two young daughters and then killed himself, heard that relatives were concerned that they had not been able to reach them for a week and came into the house through a back door.
In a statement, Paramedic Kirsty Ogden shared how she found Tiffany and Casey-Lea lying under a duvet on a mattress on the living room floor. Both were dead. Darcey was found dead in a buggy on the doorstep.
Concerned after hearing nothing from Stevens, relatives raised the alarm, which led to the discovery of the family’s bodies. (SWNS)
Stevens was convinced that she had brought her children into a “corrupt world,” according to the investigation. (SWNS)
The Ministry of the Interior’s pathologist, Dr. Phillip Lumb told the court the family had likely been dead for about a week.
The investigation heard that toxicology tests showed Darcey died from an amount of methadone that was fatal to an adult.
Casey-Lea had also received methadone and had insulin injected into her stomach. Tramadol and morphine were also found in their system.
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In addition to morphine, insulin and methadone, tramadol and pregabalin were also found in the maternal system. None of the drugs had been prescribed for her.
Dr. Lumb told the court that the medication she and her daughters took would have rendered them unconscious before death, adding, “I don’t think there would be any pain or suffering.”
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