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    Murder-charge mum sent 'farewell' letter


    by ODN


    It has been revealed that a mother who has admitted killing her two children in a Spanish hotel spoke of giving them a "short and wonderful holiday" prior to their deaths.

    Rebecca Smith, five, and her 11-month-old brother Daniel were found dead at the Hotel Miramar in Lloret de Mar, on the Costa Brava, on May 18.

    Their mother, Lianne Smith, who is now in custody, admitted asphyxiating them with a plastic bag, Spanish court officials said.

    In a letter seen by a newspaper, Mrs Smith said she fled her home in Barcelona and headed to the resort because people were trying to "take my children".

    The letter reads: " attempt was made to take my children. Fortunately I got out of the city with them and gave them a short and wonderful holiday before the events you will start to hear about in the press."

    Spanish police have said she tried to kill herself before she was arrested in connection with her children's deaths.

    Mrs Smith, 43, was transferred to prison last Friday after a judge in Blanes, near Lloret de Mar, ruled that a case should be brought against her.

    The family fled from the UK in 2007 after the children's father, Martin Smith, 45, was arrested over alleged child sex offences.

    Her partner appeared before Carlisle magistrates earlier this month charged with 13 sexual offences and one count of jumping bail.