Pregnant model, 23, faces double murder trial for killing daughters aged three and 16 months who die
A pregnant model has been charged with murdering her two young daughters who died within weeks of each other, Daily Mail reported.
Louise Porton, 23, is accused of killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and 16-month old Scarlett Vaughan.4
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Lexi was found dead at home in the early hours of January 15 last year after reports she was unconscious.
Her little sister Scarlett passed away after falling ill at home and was rushed to hospital a fortnight later on February 1.
Today, Porton, of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, denied two counts of murder when she appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.
Dressed in a black and white top, white cardigan and dark trousers, she showed no emotion during the 40-minute hearing.
She spoke only to confirm her name, age and ethnicity and pleaded not guilty to both charges of murder.
The court heard she is three months pregnant with her third child and is due to give birth on September 7 this year.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby said: 'Miss Porton is currently pregnant and the due date is September, it is likely that she would need breaks, it may also be the case that we'll be unable to set long hours.'
Peter Cooper, defending, said: 'The date of confinement is expected to be September 7. It is an intensely private matter.
'Some extremely difficult decisions lie ahead in the next week or two.
'It is a very unusual case and we are confident it can be dealt with in four weeks. We are looking at bringing in our own experts.'
Judge Melborne Inman QC remanded her into custody and will go on trial on June 24.
He said: 'It would be sensible to have a hearing in May so any problems can be sorted.
'The trial should provisionally start on June 24 which will give us five-and-a-half weeks which I feel is the appropriate time.
'I will handle the case until it's taken over by a high court judge.'
Family members of Louise Porton leave Warwickshire Justice Centre, Leamington Spa
Via Daily Mail
My view: It is terrible, I just don't get this, how both children died within two weeks of each other, something is just not right and she's pregnant with her third child, I hope they get to the bottom of what happened to the innocent children.