Dad's heartbreaking post with daughter just days before 23-month-old twins were 'murdered by mum'
28th December 2018

Steven Ford's 23-month-old babies were found dying at a home on the Kent coast early on Thursday morning and pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Just four days before the tragedy Steven tweeted a snap of his daughter with the caption: “Snuggling with my fav girl #daughter #myworld #twins”.

Steven's wife Samantha Ford, 37, has now been arrested on suspicion of killing the infants after "deliberately" crashing into a lorry.

She was involved in a road accident just 45 minutes before the children were found in the home they had recently moved into in Margate.

Samantha was transported to a different hospital with minor injuries and released into custody, where she is being held on suspicion of murder.

Today her brother James Emptage fought back tears as he told The Sun: “It’s a terrible tragedy.

“I will pay tribute but not right now.”

Samantha Ford’s grandmother Pamela Emptage added: “What can you say?

“I'm their great-grandmother. She's my granddaughter, Samantha. They were lovely.

"I mean they were not even two-years-old yet. It's absolutely tragic.”

8Samantha is thought to have moved to the Margate property with the twins just a few weeks ago – just a year after buying a new home with husband Steven in Ashford, Kent.

The couple, who have been married for more than five years, are also understood to have spent time living in Qatar.

It's not known if the couple had split but Mr Ford shared cryptic messages on Twitter in recent weeks hinting of trouble.

He wrote on December 16: “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face…. My face hurts.”

And on November 16 he shared a picture of his local pub, captioned: “Somewhere to breathe.”

But in recent years, the couple shared dozens of loving family snaps on Facebook, including ones of them playing in the park and meeting Father Christmas.

Steven worked as a club captain at Doha Golf Club, with the couple sharing pictures of happy family life in the Middle East in 2016.

Heartbreaking tributes, including two small teddy bears, were left on gravel outside the semi-detached property today.

Detectives remained inside the house with the blinds closed while two police cars were parked up alongside a van.

Shocked neighbours said the family only moved in about three weeks ago.

One said: "They just seemed normal. It's absolutely tragic and horrific."

A resident, who lives around the corner, said: "This is absolutely heartbreaking. It's a complete tragedy. They were very new to the area. It's awful.

"You can't comprehend something like this happening. To have two young lives gone so soon is terrible."

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