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Part-time model, 22, accused of murdering her two young daughters to go on trial in July

Part-time model, 22, faces double murder trial after her daughters aged three and 16 months died in separate incidents two weeks apart

  • Louise Porton is accused of killing her two daughters who died two weeks apart
  • Lexi, 3, died in hospital on January 15 after being found unconscious at home
  • Then on February 1, Scarlett, aged 16 months, died after she had fallen ill
  • Porton, of Rugby, Warwickshire appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday

Louise Porton, 22, is accused of killing 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan and three-year-old Lexi Draper

A part-time model who is accused of murdering her two young daughters has appeared in court.

Louise Porton, 22, is accused of killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and then murdering 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan two weeks later.

Lexi died in hospital after paramedics responded to reports that she had been found unconscious at her home in Rugby, Warwickshire in the early hours of January 15 last year, police said.

Scarlett died on February 1,  2018, after paramedics responded to a report that she had fallen ill, officers added.

Porton, of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, appeared at Warwick Crown Court today.

Porton, wearing a white cardigan, appeared in custody in the dock accompanied by a security officer, and spoke only to give her name, date of birth and confirm her nationality as white British.

Pictured, 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan and three-year-old Lexi Draper

Pictured, 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan and three-year-old Lexi Draper

Family members of Louise Porton leave Warwick Crown Court

Family members of Louise Porton leave Warwick Crown Court

Porton (pictured), of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday

Porton (pictured), of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday

Her case was adjourned for a plea hearing on March 4 at Birmingham Crown Court.

A three-week trial date was set for July, to be heard by a High Court judge.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the defendant: ‘Ms Porton, you’ll be tried in Birmingham, starting on July 8.

‘If that date is to move, you will hear through your lawyers.

‘Your case will be listed for a further hearing on March 4, when you will be before the court and required to plead not guilty or guilty to the indictment.’

He added: ‘You’re remanded into custody; go with the officer, please.’ 

Porton appeared at Leamington Magistrates’ Court on Saturday but magistrates deemed that the charges against her were too serious to be dealt with and passed the case to the crown court.

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