MOTHER NATURE KILLED KIDS
PUBLISHED: 16:08 03 August 2007 | UPDATED: 08:54 21 July 2010
A schizophrenic mother killed her two children after she was allowed to spend the night with them despite repeated warnings about her mental state, the Old Bailey heard this week...
A schizophrenic mother killed her two children after she was allowed to spend the night with them despite repeated warnings about her mental state, the Old Bailey heard this week.
Vivian Gamor, 29, bludgeoned her 10-year-old son to death with a hammer and suffocated her three-year-old daughter with clingfilm.
She told police who arrested her at the horrific scene in Pembury Close, Lower Clapton, on January 27: "I don't care. They aren't mine."
Ghanaian-born Gamor suffered from a paranoid delusion that her son, Antoine, and daughter, Kenniece Gamor-Ogunkoya, were not hers even though DNA tests proved they were.
She believed she was the daughter of god and even changed her name to 'Mother Nature' by deed poll.
Gamor admitted the manslaughter of her two children and Judge Peter Rook QC, was expected to order her indefinite detention under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act as we went to press.
Gamor had shaved her daughter's head and lunged at her half-sister with a kitchen knife before she was finally sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
But Hackney Mental Health Team workers let her out of Homerton hospital and allowed her to have unsupervised visits with her children, believing her mental state had improved.
It was decided that she would look after the children at weekends at her flat in Pembury Close, Hackney, and they would live with their father, Gabriel 'Jimi' Ogunkoya, and his parents during the week.
Jonathan Rees, prosecuting, said: "There was an explicit understanding that she was not to see her children until social services had put a plan in place."
But the court heard how Gamor's social worker went on leave for three weeks and staff shortages meant no one else took on the case.
The children's relatives wept as details of their horrific deaths were read out in court.