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Woman finds daughter and family dead in their home

A WOMAN who found the bodies of her granddaughters and their parents screamed “all my babies are dead” as she ran from the house where they died.

The toddlers’ father is believed to have slit the children’s throats and their mother’s before hanging himself.

Police were called to the semi-detached house in Provost Street in the New Forest village of Fordingbridge at 11.20am yesterday.

The family were named locally as Andrew and Vicki Case and daughters Phoebe, two, and Nereya, one.

The toddlers’ grandmother, who usually looks after them on Mondays, went to the house after phoning the family repeatedly and receiving no answer, a neighbour said.

Alayna Brooks, 53, rushed over to the house herself after the grandmother found the bodies.

She told how the woman emerged screaming “all my babies are dead”.

Brooks said she went inside and found Vicki Case, in her 30s, dead in the dining room with a plastic bag over her head.

She then went upstairs and found the little girls dead on a bed. It is unclear where the man was found.

The family had just returned from a week’s holiday in Weymouth, the neighbour said. “They were so loved up. In fact if I had a marriage I would have loved their marriage – they just loved each other.”

Jeremy Pentecost said he ran out of his house.

“We heard all the screaming and the woman’s mother was outside and she was collapsed on the floor. I think she was on the phone to her husband telling him to come over.

“I didn’t go into the house – someone stopped me going in and I’m glad they did to be honest, I didn’t want to see that.”

The family were believed to be new to the street, with one neighbour saying she thought they had moved in about a month ago.

Case wrote of his pride in his family on his Facebook page: “I am 32, I got married in 2000 and have been with my wife, Vicki, for about 15 years. We have two beautiful daughters, Phoebe and Nereya.”

His page also reveals that he worked as an HGV delivery driver for Doccombe European from May 2007.

His wife ran St Aldhelm’s children’s nursery in nearby Sandleheath.

Acting Superintendent Gary Cooper, of Hampshire police, said: “We believe it was a relative who came to the address this morning. On entering, they found four people dead. The scene is still being examined as it is a very recent incident.”


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