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Sunday 24 September 2017

Mum admits suffocating her two children with a plastic bag

THE mother who admitted suffocating her two children with a plastic bag in a Spanish hotel room was spending her first full day in prison today.

Lianne Smith (43) was transferred to jail in Girona, Spain, after a judge ruled that a case should be brought against her.

Rebecca (5) and her 11-month-old brother Daniel were found dead at the Hotel Miramar in Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava, on Tuesday.

Their mother, who confessed to the horrific killings in notes left at the crime scene, appeared in court in nearby Blanes yesterday.

Judge Rafael Fernandez remanded her in custody at the end of the hearing, which was held behind closed doors.

The children died around the time Smith's partner Martin Smith (45) was extradited to Britain to face child sex charges.

Reports in Spain suggested they were killed on Monday night and that their mother spent the night in her hotel room with their bodies.

The court heard that Smith, who is believed to have run a nursery in Barcelona, was worried the authorities would take her children away.

A statement from the court read: "Smith spontaneously declared that she had killed her two children."

The court heard that she acted alone and any involvement by another person was ruled out.

Results of psychological tests were normal, the court statement also noted.

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