WERE KIDS OF 2&4 KILLED BY DADDY? They're found strangled.
A DAD was arrested on suspicion of strangling his two kids yesterday after the break-up of his marriage.
William Petros, 37, was found sitting next to the bodies of little Yolande, four, and brother Theo, two, by his horrified estranged wife Morongoe Molemohi.
She had popped in to check on them yesterday morning but found the youngsters unconscious in bed.
Ms Molemohi, 30, dialled 999 but paramedics could not save them.
Last night Mr Petros was under police guard in hospital after he collapsed as he was being taken into custody in handcuffs.
Det Supt Geoff Wessell said: "The mother is extremely distressed. She had temporarily moved out of the flat and agreed to let the father look after the children.
"She had come back for some clothes and to check on them when she was confronted with a quite horrendous scene." He added: "It was ascertained quite quickly the father needed to be arrested."
The church-going parents, who split recently, moved to Britain in 2003 and are thought to be from South Africa or Zimbabwe. Their children were born here.
Ms Molemohi was last night being comforted by family liaison officers.
Sophie Partington, 34, who lives in the same block of 18 one-bedroom flats in Manchester, said: "I saw them at the Harvest Festival on Sunday. The kids looked happy as can be, running around and playing with their little faces painted.
"I bumped into them on the way back and they said what a lovely time they had. This is such a shock, such a tragedy. They seemed such a normal, happy family. The father worked and was always smartly dressed with a briefcase. The girl had just started school."
Another neighbour saw the dad being led away by officers yesterday. She said: "As I was leaving for work, they were handcuffing him. He went calmly."
SEALED OFF A policeman at the scene yesterday SO INNOCENT Yolande and Theo were unconscious
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 15, 2009|
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