Indian-origin nurse, 2 kids found dead in UK; murder investigation launched
London,UPDATED: December 16, 2022 6:57 PM IST
From Press Trust of India: A woman of Indian origin and her two young children died after being found with serious injuries at their home in the Northampton region of east England, local police said as they opened a murder investigation on Friday.
The woman, identified locally as a 40-year-old Malayan nurse from Kottayam, and her six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter died after being discovered at their home in the town of Kettering.
A 52-year-old man, believed to be the woman’s husband, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident and remains in police custody. Northamptonshire Police said officers were not looking for anyone in relation to the “desperately sad” case.
“There are no words to describe how shocking this incident is, but I want to reassure the public that we have a team of detectives working on the case who are absolutely determined to bring justice to this woman and two children said Superintendent Steve Freeman, commander of local police precinct for Northamptonshire Police.
“We understand that the local community and indeed many people across the country will be shocked by this event. It is an extremely sad incident and I want to make absolutely clear our unwavering commitment to determining what happened here and seeking justice for this woman and these young children,” he said.
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He said the man they arrested was being questioned by detectives in custody and asked if anyone could get in touch with them with information.
Police officers were called to the home on Thursday morning and said that despite her and paramedics’ best efforts, the woman died at the scene and the two children later died in hospital.
Forensic autopsies to determine the cause of death will take place in the coming days, after which the names of the victims will be officially released.
Locally, tributes are pouring in for the nurse who worked at Kettering General Hospital and her children. Her husband reportedly worked in a hotel and the family are believed to have been in the UK for around a year.
“All of us in Kettering are shocked at the news of the tragic death of three members of our community,” said Councilor Keli Watts, Mayor of Kettering.
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“We all send our love and support to the friends and family of the victims and also to the neighbors at Petherton Court. We all stand ready to support those affected,” she said.
“This is a tragic case and my thoughts at this time are with the families of the victims,” added Councilor Jason Smithers, Chair of the local North Northants Council.