...for the mother who appears to have killed her three small disabled children. She was apparently a devoted mum, who gave up her job to care for them. She had gone ahead with having the younger ones (twins)with whom she was pregnant when the elder one was diagnosed, although she was told that it was genetic. She seems to have done all the right things until (it would seem) she must have reached breaking point. These children were wheelchair bound and tube fed, and needed round the clock care. Their future was bleak. She must have been at her wits' end to do what she did, and now she will have to live with that for the rest of her life.
I have a disabled sister. Her future turned out to be good, largely due to her huge determination and astonishingly posive attitude, but I remember what a strain that put on our parents, and how much (to my shame) I resented the amount of attention she was given, when we were children. And there was only one of her. And she was eventually able to lead an independent life. The lot of this poor woman was unimaginably worse.
I feel uncomfortable about the mawkish placing of flowers and teddies outside the home of this family - a custom that has become increasingly popular, especially since the death or Princess Diana -but I hope they were placed as much in sympathy with the mother as sadness over her children's deaths.
She's going to need it.