WARWICKSHIRE (UK): A UK court sentenced a 23-year-old woman for murdering her two young daughters to 32 years in prison.
The woman found guilty of the murders of her two young daughters.
Louise Porton was sentenced to 32 years in jail for the murders of her children, three-year-old Lexi and 16-month-old Scarlett.
Lexi was found dead at the family home in the town of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, in the early hours of January 15, 2018. Less than three weeks after her sister’s death, Scarlett was pronounced dead at hospital on February 1.
The court heard Porton claimed she had found Lexi dead in her bed, and similarly tried to pass off Scarlett’s death as an unexpected natural death.
Both deaths were consistent with deliberate airway obstruction, and Porton was found guilty on both counts of murder.
Handing down the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Justice Amanda Yip DBE described the murders as “evil” and “calculated”.
“One way or another, you squeezed the life out of each of your daughters, only calling the emergency services when you knew they were dead,” Mrs Justice Yip said.
Evidence pointed to Porton having made two other attempts on her eldest daughter’s life, resulting in two hospital admissions during which Porton claimed the child had suffered fits.
The prosecution also revealed a “sinister” internet browsing history that the justice said showed “a degree of premeditation” in both deaths.
On the night of Lexi’s death, Porton’s browsing history revealed visits to websites “with information about the period during which resuscitation can be effective and the time taken after death for a body to go cold”.
Porton was found to have sent text messages to multiple people on the night Scarlett died “suggesting that you might lose her too”.
“The only reason for foreshadowing her death was that you planned to take her life, as you had taken Lexi’s,” Mrs Justice Yip said in sentencing remarks.
“Lexi and Scarlett were blameless young children, who were plainly vulnerable. They ought to have been able to rely upon their mother to protect and nurture them. Instead, you took their young lives away.”
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the jury Porton’s children “got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted”.
“The suggestion that your children got in the way of your lifestyle may make for interesting headlines, but it does not truly reflect the evidence at trial,” Mrs Justice Yip said.
“Your daughters did not hold you back from doing what you wanted to.