Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mother: `I Just Killed My Kids'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mother: `I Just Killed My Kids'

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Byline: By Gavin Foster

A mother who fled the North with her two young children allegedly smothered them both to death in the United States.

Meghan Lippiatt, 29, is accused of killing two-year-old Silas and his four-month-old brother Miles - just weeks after leaving her husband.

Silas and Miles' grandparents, former Newcastle vicar Michael Lippiatt and his wife Elizabeth, and the boys' father Daniel, 30, were last night struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

Police rushed to the farmhouse that Meghan shared with her parents in Pennsylvannia after she called 911 and told the operator: "I did something really bad, I just killed my kids."

Police found the bodies of Silas and Miles and discovered their mother had attempted to kill herself by taking an overdose of painkillers. She is being treated in hospital.

She left a note which read: "I am sorry, I didn't want to hurt anyone. I am sorry, goodbye, please help me from the grave."

Detectives waiting to interview her are exploring the possibility she was suffering from post natal depression. It was revealed last night that

police in Newcastle launched a hunt for the mother after she vanished from a psychiatric ward at the city's General Hospital in February where she was receiving treatment.

She was found three days later and returned to the home she had set up with Daniel and her sons in Brampton, Cumbria.

But just a few weeks later she left home with her children and went to Pennsylvania to live with her parents John and Susan Kelleher in the East Donegal Township of Lancaster County.

It is not clear exactly when she returned to the US or why the couple had separated.

She has been charged with criminal homicide and is accused of binding Silas with flexible handcuffs and attempting to drown him in the bath before suffocating him and Miles. …

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