Police officers have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of a seven-year-old boy and his mum were discovered in London.
Sinead Higgins, 37, and Oisin O’Driscoll’s bodies were discovered after police officers forced their way into their home in Ruislip, west London.
While officers say their murder probe is still in its initial stages, they added that they do not believe the deaths involved a third party, which would suggest that the mother is suspected of her son’s death.
Police found the bodies acting on a tip off from someone who said they were worried about their welfare. A formal identification is yet to be made, and post mortem examinations are expected to be carried on on Friday to determine the causes of the deaths.
Sinead, who was a registered nurse and medico-legal advisor, had shared a post on Twitter, four days before the bodies were discovered, in which she said “the future looks very” before adding an emoji picture of a tornado. It is not clear, however, what was troubling her.
A neighbour said she had bumped into Sinead while she was coming back from the shops and the mum had told her that she was deeply troubled, and that everything had gone wrong. However, when she was advised to seek help if she needed it, she replied that it was okay. Meanwhile, another neighbour, who said she had been friends with Sinead noted that last time she saw her, she put her head down and walked past.
The deaths of the pair have shocked the commuity on The Fairway, which is a quiet residential street made up of detached and semi-detached houses.
Police are now appealing to anyone who might have information about what led up to the deaths of the mother and son to come foward.