Authorities "ignored" warnings by social workers that a British-Sri Lankan mother could harm her two young children weeks before she killed them.
Jeyavani Wageswaran committed suicide in January after killing her sons, five-year-old Anopan and 8-month-old Nathiban. Her accountant husband Sakthivel found the remains of his family after returning from work.
The Sun newspaper on Monday quoted an insider from the Children's Social Care department at Brent Council that "mistakes" were made in the weeks leading up to the deaths.
The department wanted the children taken into the Council's care after care workers warned of "concerns" about Mrs Wageswaran's mental health.
The insider told The Sun: "After a visit for a Child and Family Assessment, the social worker reported significant concerns in respect of the safety of the children - that was four weeks before they died.
"The concerns were ignored and the managers did not act on the request for intervention. They made no attempt to ensure the safety of the children."
Brent Council has confirmed that the family had been known to authorities for a "very short" period of time prior the deaths and that the matter is now subject to a Serious Case Review by the various agencies charged with child protection in the area.
Gowthamy Mahadeva, 49, a neighbour of the Wageswaran's described the moment when Sakthivel came home and found the bodies of his wife and children: "He’s screaming and crying for his babies and says he can’t set foot in that house again. It’s desperately sad."
Reports say that the couple had been struggling with their new baby and arguments could be heard regularly from the home.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS