Mum and three kids found dead in house after sleepover as murder probe launched

The grandparents of two children found dead along with their mother 'don't know how the father will get through' the tragic loss.

Derbyshire Police confirmed this morning that a murder investigation has been launched after a mum and her two children, as well as a third unrelated child, died in a 'serious incident' in Killamarsh, Sheffield.

Officers were called to the house at 07:25am on Sunday after concerns were raised about the people living there.

Police said they had arrested a man and the close family had been notified, Yorkshire Live reported.

The mum, who has been identified as Terri Harris, was found dead alongside her children John and Lacey.

A third child also found dead at the scene is believed to have been in the house for a sleepover.

According to the BBC, the children's grandparents, Debbie and Trevor Bennett, arrived at the scene this afternoon to leave flowers.

Debbie said: "They were beautiful, well-mannered kids. Terri was a beautiful and wonderful mother.

"Their dad was on holiday in Devon. He had to drive home knowing he has lost his children.

"I don't know how he's going to come through this. He's going to need a lot of help and our strength for him.

"I've only spoken to him on the phone and it breaks my heart to hear him like that."

The heartbroken father Jason Bennett laid flowers at Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh for his daughter Lacey, 11, and son John, 13.

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In a message posted on Facebook earlier, he said his "life will never be the same".

"Gone too soon with so much to live for. I wish I could hold you and kiss you and tell you how much I love you. Thank you for making my world. All my love dad."

The Outwood Academy City school in Sheffield, which was attended by the three students, confirmed it was closed following the "tragic incident."

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation team, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which they think could help with our inquiries.

"No matter how small you think that information may be, please do get in touch with us. It is understandably a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time.

"It was important to us that close relatives of those involved were informed before we could give further details about the incident. Residents will continue to see a large police presence in the area, and patrols are being carried out for reassurance.

"If you do have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.”

Police have asked for anyone with information to contact Derbyshire Constabulary quoting reference 302-190921.

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