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Mother arrested after police hunt over charges she killed her 10-year-old son & 4-year-old daughter


A mother-of-four has been arrested after a police hunt when she failed to appear in court over charges she killed her own children in a brutal motorway crash.


Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, failed to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving and an arrest warrant was issued.


She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, four, after slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV while driving on the M1 near J14 and J15 on Monday, August 9.


The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.


Police confirmed on Thursday that Ms McCann, who speaks with an Irish accent, had surrendered herself at Aylesbury Police Station overnight and had been arrested.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: 'A woman who was wanted for failing to appear at court in connection with a fatal road traffic collision has now been arrested.


'The woman, aged 35 years and from Derby, presented herself at Aylesbury police station last night.'


It was expected that Ms McCann would be put before Aylesbury Crown Court where a request for the judge to remand her in custody would be made.


The 35-year-old, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, was driving a white Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Scania HGV at about 11.10pm on Monday August 9.

Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes.


The children's aunt, Margaret McCann, 26, said the family were on the way back from a party in London when the horror crash occurred.




She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller (pictured), 10, and daughter Lilly, four, after slamming her Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV while driving on the M1 on August 9

The HGV driver was not injured in the incident, which happened at about 11.10pm on Monday August 9 (file photo)


There was a Facebook post of a birthday cake showing it was Smaller's 10th birthday on the day he died


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