Page last updated at 14:17 GMT, Saturday, 31 May 2008 15:17 UK

Two children killed in stabbing

Neighbour leaving flowers outside the family's home
Neighbours have left flowers outside the family's home

Police have arrested the parents of two children who were stabbed to death in an attack at a home in south London.

A five-year-old boy, a girl aged four and a six-month-old girl were found with stab wounds at an address in Carshalton on Friday night.

The older children later died and the baby girl remains in a serious condition in hospital.

The children's father, 39, and mother, 35, were arrested and are being questioned by police.

Officers were called to the house, on a busy road in the quiet suburb, at 2230 BST on Friday.

Murder squad detectives and the Child Abuse Investigation Command are now investigating the incident.

Baby's condition 'improved'

The injured boy and girl died within 15 minutes of each other shortly before midnight on Friday after being taken to hospital.

They were lovely little children
Carol Bradley

The injured girl's condition improved from critical to serious on Saturday morning.

All three children are believed to be siblings.

Sen Gupta, who lives opposite the house, said the family who lived there were Tamils from Sri Lanka and had moved into the house "less than a year ago".

Another neighbour, Pam Thomas, saw paramedics carrying the children to ambulances on Friday night.

"There were so many ambulances, five or six, that I was expecting them to bring out more people," she added.

Another nearby resident, John Bailey, told the BBC about 10 emergency vehicles arrived in the street and the children were rushed out of the house.

He saw paramedics attempting to resuscitate one of them.

Map of Carshalton
Carshalton is a fairly quiet suburb of London

"They put...the child in the back of the ambulance and it stayed there for about five or 10 minutes, and that never went away with sirens on either, so you thought the worst," he added.

Neighbour Carol Bradley told BBC News she used to see the children as they played outside their home.

She recalled: "They were lovely little children, you know, really sweet."

Post-mortem examinations are expected to be carried out on the two dead children over the weekend.

Police said they believed they knew their identities but officers were still waiting for confirmation that all family members had been informed of the incident.


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