On may 11, 2012 six children died in a fire at their home. They died as they slept upstairs. Jade, 10, brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, all died in the house fire in the family's Derby home. Brother, Duwayne, 13, died three days later in hospital from his injuries.
Parents Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31 appeared on TV in the days following the deaths. They appeared understandably heartbroken. Something however must have not rung true.
On May 29, 2012 it was announced that the police had taken the parents into custody for questioning. Police officers asked for more time to question the couple. Today May 31, 2012 the parents have been charged with murder.
Mr Philpott, it has been reported, is the father of 17 children in total. Our earlier report on our UK website said:Some people in the UK may have heard of the Philpotts pre this tragedy. According to the BBC, "The family attracted attention in 2006 when Mr Philpott asked the council for a larger house to accommodate his wife, girlfriend and 14 children. In 2007, former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe spent a week living with the family as part of an ITV documentary and Mr Philpott also appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show."
Mr and Mrs Philpott were remanded in custody at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court May 31, 2012. They are to appear at the Nottingham Crown Court Friday June 1, 2012.The hearing at Derby court was not without its drama. One couple were ejected from the court for abuse. Mr Philpott blew a kiss to supporters in the public gallery and shook his head during the reading of the charges, according to the BBC.
A fund has been steadily growing since the deaths of the six children. People have given generously to help fund their funerals. The total has passed the £10,000 mark but donations will still be gratefully accepted. The funerals are still being organised but Derby Cathedral has agreed to hold a Catholic service.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog