Mother who murdered her young daughters after they ‘got in way of her sex life’ has been jailed for life.
On 15th January, three-year-old Lexi was pronounced dead by paramedics at the family home in Beechwood Court, Rugby in the early hours of January 15, 2018. Porton called an ambulance saying she had found Lexi lifeless in her bed after going in to check on her.
Following Lexi’s death the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood procedures (SUDIC) were followed by professionals.
But a couple of weeks later, Pirtons other daughter Scarlett also suddenly died.
Porton claimed that on the evening of February 1 she had set out to take Scarlett to the hospital after she had fallen ill. On her way to the hospital she pulled over in the car park at Elliott’s Retail Park in Rugby to call an ambulance.
Scarlett was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Following Scarlett’s death, a Home Office pathologist and a paediatric pathologist worked together to complete a post mortem on both Scarlett and Lexi.
After extensive enquiries with specialist doctors, no natural cause of death was found for either child. It was established that both children had died as a result of deliberate airway obstruction.
Following Scarlett’s death Warwickshire Police launched a murder investigation into the deaths of both children.
Louise Porton, who was carrying on a sex business in the days leading up to their deaths, met a string of men on dating sites and sent them “explicit” photos of herself in the lead-up to their deaths, jurors were told.
In text messages she also offered to meet for sex if they put money in her bank account to fund her “shopping.”
Detective Superintendent Pete Hill said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children; Lexi and Scarlett.
“It is clear from the evidence that Porton tried to kill her daughter, Lexi, on at least two occasions prior to her death on January 15, 2018.
“Not content with killing one of her children she did exactly the same to her other daughter, Scarlett, on February 1, 2018.
“She has lied repeatedly to friends, family and professionals to cover her tracks. At no point throughout the whole investigation has she ever shown any real signs of emotion.
“Our thoughts are with the families of Lexi and Scarlett. I’m sure today’s outcome will do little to heal their pain, but I hope they can take some comfort.