A United Kingdom woman faces life in prison after pleading guilty to killing her two sons.
35-year-old Sarah Barrass reportedly killed her two sons, 13-year-old Tristan and 14-year-old Blake, on May 24, at a house in Sheffield, England.
Another family member, 39-year-old Brandon Marchin also pleaded guilty to the murder, reported the BBC.
According to The Sun, on the morning of their death, the two boys messaged a friend saying that they felt sick and “we’re not coming to school.”
The Guardian reported that the two boys died 12 minutes apart after they were taken to the hospital.
Barrass and Machin also admitted to the further charge of conspiracy to murder six children, which included Tristan and Blake.
The conspiracy charges are tied to the period from May 14-20.
The two defendants were warned by Judge Jeremy Richardson QC they could be sentenced to life in prison.
“No words of mine can ever fully reflect the enormity of what you have both done,” said Richardson. “The crimes you have committed quite frankly speak for themselves. The murder of two children. The attempted murder of four children and the overarching conspiracy to murder those children.
“I have little doubt that each of you will in due course be sentenced to several terms of life imprisonment. It’s a matter for the judge where a whole life order is imposed,” he added.
Barrass has also pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted murder against four children, two of whom were Tristan and Blake, with the other two being siblings of theirs.
The four surviving children of Barrass, all of whom are under the age of 13, could not be named for legal reasons.
Details regarding how the two boys were murdered have yet to be revealed.
According to Judge Richardson, the full case will be heard at the November 12th sentencing.
Reactions from Neighbours
It was also reported by The Sun that on the day police came to the home of the two murdered boys, one neighbor claimed the two youngest children from the house seemed “fine although very upset”.
“Then the two youngest boys walked out and they also seemed okay. But then one of the other lads was brought out on a stretcher and was being resuscitated,” the neighbour added.
Another neighbour claims that on the day of the incident, police “came to the door and just asked if I knew the people, did I hear anything through the night.”
“I don’t really socialise with my neighbours but it’s a fairly quiet street. It’s the last thing you expect to wake up to,” she added.
Another neighbor named Aaron said, “Suddenly we had about 20 police cars and four ambulances. We had 15 directly on the street outside and five more further down. “Then the air ambulance came. They were just taking children away.
“We saw the first two ambulances take away children,” he added.