Heartbroken dad of twins drowned by mum in bath ‘wakes up screaming and forgets they’re dead’

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THE heartbroken dad of twins drowned by their mum in the bath has told how he wakes up “screaming” and forgets they’re dead, a court heard.

Steven Ford’s ex Samantha killed 23-month-old toddlers Jake and Chloe in the bath at their coastal home in Kent after claiming she suffered a breakdown.

Grieving dad Steven Ford pictured with the two twins, who were killed by their mum
Samantha Ford admitted manslaughter of her twin children last month
Samantha Ford admitted manslaughter of her twin children last month

Police were called to a collision on the London-bound A299 Thanet Way shortly before 3am on December 27 after she deliberately smashed into the back of a lorry at speeds of up to 100mph after the children died.

The 38-year-old was charged with murder and on May 28 entered pleas of not guilty, but guilty to the offence of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, which was accepted.

Yesterday Mr Ford’s victim statement about his kids’ deaths was read out to the court by prosecutor Ed Brown QC.

It said: “I have night terror these have become more frequent in recent weeks and happened in the middle of the night.

“I wake myself up screaming or throwing items within my reach in my bedroom.
“I find these incidents particularly disturbing. Sometimes in the morning when I get out of bed I get out on autopilot and go to the twins room to get them up.”

The court was told the “materialistic” mum killed the twins when she lost her lavish lifestyle in Qatar and ended up in a “s**thole” in Margate.

The Old Bailey heard she was “hysterical” and “screaming” at officers who found her slumped over the passenger seat saying: “Just let me die. I’ve killed my babies. I have had a breakdown.

‘I HAVE NIGHT TERRORS’

“I would never hurt them, they are my miracle babies. It’s all a dream.”

She said she had “put them in the bath” and urged the officers to head to her home in Westwood.

After rushing back to the house they discovered the two children laying dressed in their beds and attempted to resuscitate them, said prosecutor Tom Kark QC.

A note on the table scrawled by Samantha read: ‘Please forgive my crazy mind.’

Mr Kark said: “This is a tragic and, in some respects, complex case.

“On the night of December 27 last year, the defendant killed her twin children Jake and Chloe Ford.

“They were aged 23 months, and she killed them, it would appear, by drowning them in the bath at the family home.”

The court heard how the pair met in 2004 and in the early stages of their relationship Samantha was “much more controlling” and “occasionally aggressive” to husband Mr Ford.

They moved to Qatar in 2008 and spent most of their 10-year marriage living over there where she gave birth to the twins following IVF treatment.

“It appears that they had a very good and affluent lifestyle which Samantha very much enjoyed,” said Mr Kark.

But following their return to the UK last year, the relationship between the Fords “deteriorated” and they eventually split in November.

In subsequent messages between them, the court heard Samantha complained about the move back, telling him their “children are going to grow up in a miserable cold country” and that they were “destined to be a miserable family living in a s**thole”.

‘BEAUTIFUL BABIES’

Relatives later told police how she was “distraught” at the break-up, “struggled to cope” and had “not really settled after moving back to the UK”.

They also said she found it difficult to sleep and observed how “her mental health had deteriorated.”

Days before Christmas she was diagnosed with a “severe depressive disorder” and suffering an “acute stress reaction”.

Mr Kark told the court she “blamed her estranged husband for dragging the family back from Qatar” where they “enjoyed a relatively lavish lifestyle”.

Ford, of Castle Drive, Westwood, had been facing trial accused of murder, but prosecutors accepted guilty pleas to manslaughter in light of medical reports.

However, on psychiatrist branded the mum “narcissistic” and said she wasn’t suffering from severe depression when she killed them.

Dr Muzaffar Hussain said: “I think she was moderately depressed at the time and angry with Steven in the context of the exchanges they were having at the time.”

Steven Ford's full victim impact statement read out to the court

“The total shock and pain is indescribable.

“In that moment my life had changed in a heartbeat.

“My two beautiful babies were healthy, bright and loving children who had everything to life for.

“Being twins they were a real double act. They were quite individual in their personalities, but were also aware of each other’s presence.

“I have no doubt they would have been wonderful people.

“Jake and Chloe were wanted babies. Samantha and I went through four attempts of IVF and years of heartache.

“I have night terror these have become more frequent in recent weeks and happened in the middle of the night.

“I wake myself up screaming or throwing items within my reach in my bedroom.

“I find these incidents particularly disturbing. Sometimes in the morning when I get out of bed I get out on autopilot and go to the twins room to get them up.

“Over the last few months I have been troubled with suicidal thoughts, thinking about hanging myself; although I think about the impact it would have on my parents and my family. Sometimes I feel like I can’t live like this.

“I find myself speculating what their last minutes were like. I suspect they were terrified, confused and suffering.

“I feel like I should have been able to protect them even though I know I couldn’t have.”

He later added: “However, at the same time she was very wounded narcisistically by Mr Ford’s departure from the family home and how her perfect life, which she felt was perfect in every way, was taken away from her.

“I think from my reading of her social media and text messages there was a substantial component of narcissistic range at the time.”

The psychiatrist said Ford had spoken to staff at the hospital she is being treated at about her lavish lifestyle in Qatar, and he believes it is the loss of that lifestyle she is still mourning.

He said: “What we find is what she’s most regretful about is losing that perfect life, a perfect life with Steve in Qatar. A perfect life with her miracle children. The perfect house.

“It’s the loss of that that she grieves. In my my view that’s a balanced view of where she is in the grieving process.

“I don’t think she’s grieving for the children yet, I think she’s grieving for the loss of her life.

“She’s grieving for the children in that they were perfect children in a perfect life.

Mr Justice Edis is expected to sentence her later after hearing further evidence from psychiatrists.

Mr Ford sat in the well of the court flanked by a number of supporters during the hearing yesterday.

He has posted a series of pictures of the children on Twitter since their death, describing them as his “beautiful babies”.


After the killings he tweeted: “Daddy’s twins xxx my beautiful babies. I love you.”

In recent years, the couple have shared dozens of loving family snaps on Facebook, including ones of them playing in the park and meeting Father Christmas.

Steven previously worked as a club captain at Doha Golf Club, with the couple sharing pictures of happy family life in the Middle East in 2016.

The sentencing hearing was adjourned until August 16 at the Old Bailey.

Jake and Chloe were found dead at Ford's home in Margate, Kent, on December 27
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Jake and Chloe were found dead at Ford’s home in Margate, Kent, on December 27[/caption]

Cops found the the two lifeless children laying dressed in their beds
Cops found the the two lifeless children laying dressed in their beds

The couple has lived in Qatar before moving back to the UK
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The couple lived in Qatar before moving back to the UK[/caption]

Mr Ford at an earlier court hearing as it was revealed his wife will not face a murder trial
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Samantha, with husband Steven Ford, admitted manslaughter last month

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