Final moments of two girls before they are murdered by their mother sees them happily running around in CCTV footage
Cam footage also shows her driving around the neighborhood as she stopped for petrol while her younger daughter lay dying or was already dead in the backseat of the car
Chilling footage has been released of the final few moments of two children before their mother killed them. Three-year-old Lexi Draper and 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan were murdered by their 23-year-old sex worker mom Louise Porton. CCTV footage revealed that the little girls had no idea what was going to happen to them. Lexi can be seen running around, absolutely unaware of the horror that would follow. Lexi was strangled by the mom on January 15, 2018, while Scarlett was killed on February 1, 2018.
She was caught on a camera of a hotel in Rugby, where she had been staying, after which she drove away. The cam footage also shows her driving around the neighborhood as she stopped for petrol while her younger daughter lay dying or was already dead in the backseat of the car. The time was recorded to be after she had placed the call to Emergency services saying that her daughter "wasn't breathing". Her car is seen driving around for quite some time. Footage shows her looking calm and collected as she paid the store at the station.
The footage is from the time Porton killed the two girls. She was found guilty of two counts of murder by the Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, August 1. Porton's mother Sharon, along with her landlady, has said that Porton did not want her children.
Sharon's partner told The Sun that his partner "hates her for what she has done" and "has no interest in her". He also said that social services had "failed the family". "They should have taken the other kid, protected her or given her to her dad or another family member but they did nothing. It’s awful," he said. The landlady, in a police statement, said that she would do "whatever she could not to have them with her".
Both children had symptoms consistent with someone not letting them breathe and prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the court that doctors had been unable to find a natural cause for their deaths. Lexi had a chest infection prior to her death and had been to the hospital on January 2 and January 4. They had sent her home with antibiotics. The prosecution also claimed that Porton had googled "can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape" as well as "how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?" and read an article called "Toddler brought back to life after nearly drowning."
Porton has, however, maintained her innocence throughout. "My children were never an inconvenience to me and I accommodated my lifestyle and personal life around them. I still don't know how my daughters died, or what caused it," she told the police in a statement.