A mum may have murdered her two young daughters before taking her own life, an inquest hearing has been told.
Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead alongside her children Darcy Stevens, aged one, and three-year-old Casey-Lea Taylor.
The deaths occurred on January 21, 2019 at their home on Arthur Street, Little Lever.
A date has been set for an inquest into the tragedy, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) treated tots Darcey and Casey Lea’s deaths as murder and have stated they are not looking for any other suspects in relation to the case.
Tiffany’s death was not treated as suspicious.
At a pre-inquest review hearing, Bolton Coroners Court was told: “Evidence suggests that Tiffany may have ended the lives of Darcey and Casey-Lea”.
Assistant coroner Peter Sigee told the hearing he may have to consider conclusions of ‘unlawful killing’ in regards to Darcey and Casey-Lea.
He said: “I’m going to have to consider whether Tiffany had capacity at the time of Darcey and Casey Lea ingesting the substances that caused their death.
“If she did have capacity and administered substances that caused the children’s deaths, I would have to consider whether the two children were unlawfully killed.”
Mr Sigee said that he may also have to consider a conclusion of ‘suicide’ for Tiffany.
Addressing the family, he said: “This is one of the saddest cases that I have had to consider and deal with in my time as coroner.”
A two-day inquest is set to begin on January 6 of next year.
Witnesses will include family members, Bolton Social Services, GMP, medical professionals, and the author of a serious case review into the incident.
Mr Sigee said: “My preliminary view that these deaths are so linked that it is sensible for all three inquests to be heard at the same time.”
Following their deaths, Darcey and Casey-Lea’s dads released tributes through GMP.
Paying tribute to Casey-Lea, Liam Taylor said: “Casey-Lea was a beautiful little girl who was deeply loved by many and will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”
Darcey’s dad Gary Eden said: “I will love and miss Darcey forever.
“She will always live on through me.”
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