Father killed his own children in arson attack


Two children who died in an arson attack after their own father set alight their home before attempting to commit suicide have been named.

The two tragic little ones have been named locally as Leanor and Saros, while their father is reported to be Endris Mohammed.

Described by neighbours as “lovely” children, the six-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy were dragged from their burning home in Birmingham.

Neighbours desperately performed CPR on them as they lay on the lawn in front of their house and paramedics took over when they arrived. But nothing could be done to save the tragic children.

Their father, who is believed to be in his 30s, was found hours later in the wreckage of a Vauxhall car in nearby Newcastle-under –Lyme.

Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the deaths and said they had had to explain what had happened to their own children.

While they spoke of the area being a close knit community, they said the family involved in the fire had kept themselves to themselves.

Brian Ball, 66, however said his own grandchildren would play with the two children who lost their lives. Many other neighbours spoke of seeing them playing on their scooters with other children in the street.

The little ones’ mother, 36-year-old Penil Teklehaimanot was seen crouching over her injured children wailing as neighbours and emergency services tried to revive them.

She is believed to be a care assistant at Ashmill Residential Care Home. She was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries, but did not require any hospital treatment. The mother is now assisting police with their inquiries into the fatal fire.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the blaze.

The father is currently in hospital with critical conditions. If he recovers, he will be questioned by police about the fire, which is believed to have begun in the hallway of the children’s house.

A post-mortem is now expected to be carried out on the children to officially confirm the cause of their deaths.

Friends of the family and neighbours have been leaving floral tributes to the tragic children outside a police cordon which surrounds their home.

Police are now urging anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information relating to what led up to it to get in touch so they can fully establish what happened.


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