Pictured: Teens Who Were Allegedly Poisoned by Their Mother and Her Brother

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
May 27, 2019UKshare
Pictured: Teens Who Were Allegedly Poisoned by Their Mother and Her Brother
A police car in a file photo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture of the teenage brothers who were allegedly killed by their own mother and uncle has been released for the first time.

The picture shows Blake Barrass, 14, smiling with an arm around his brother Tristan Barrass, 13.

The boys’ mother Sarah Barrass, 34, was charged with murder on May 27 as she appeared with Brandon Machin, 37, at the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Machin, the teens’ uncle, has also been charged with murder.

Prosecutors said that the boys were found at their home on Friday and rushed to the hospital, where it was revealed after they died that they were poisoned, reported the Daily Mail.

According to The Sun, the boys were said to have sent a message to a friend saying they were “feeling sick” at 7 a.m. that day.

“We’re not coming to school today because we’re feeling sick,” the message read, according to the teens’ sister, 23.

Police arrived about 30 minutes later. Four other children in the house survived but were injured and rushed to the hospital.

“It’s dreadful and totally shocking and I really can’t believe what’s happened,” the sister added.

Sarah Barrass cried as she prepared to face a judge and shouted as she left the courtroom. Bail was not able to be applied for by either defendant. They were slated to appear again in court on Tuesday, according to the Mail.

“Because of the nature of the offenses, bail is not applicable. You will be remanded in custody,” the judge said, noting the pair would appear at the crown court for their next appearance.

Police have released few details about what happened, describing it as a “major incident.”

The children’s autopsies were expected to be done on Friday, according to The Star.

Gill Furniss, MP for the area, released a statement expressing her condolences.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic incident today in my constituency. My deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of the children who have lost their lives,” she wrote.

“Shiregreen is a strong community but I know the whole area is deeply shaken by what has happened here. I would like to thank hardworking South Yorkshire Police and the NHS staff for their response in such a difficult situation.”

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