Mum killed daughters, 1 and 3, fearing she had ‘brought them into corrupt world’

Tiffany Stevens, 27, took her own life and the lives of her children Casey-Lea Taylor, 3, and 18-month-old Darcey Stevens in January 2019 at her terraced house in Bolton, Lancs, six weeks after making a ‘suicide pact’ with another woman

A mum who made a “suicide pact” with a woman she knew in care killed herself and her two daughters after becoming convinced she’d “brought them into a corrupt world”, an inquest heard.

Tiffany Stevens, 27, was found dead next to her children Casey-Lea Taylor, three, and 18-month-old Darcey Stevens in January 2019.

Bolton Coroners Court today (Thurs) heard the youngsters had drunk “massive amounts” of methadone – a powerful heroin and opiod substitute.

Tiffany also had a fatal level of morphine in her system after injecting insulin and methadone, the inquest heard. Tramadol and Pregabalin were also found.

None of the drugs had been prescribed to her.

In a heartbreaking suicide note, found at her terraced house in Bolton, Lancs., Tiffany wrote: “I have chosen to kill us in my children’s best interests.”

The inquest heard relatives became concerned that they had been unable to contact Tiffany for a week, causing them to enter the house through a back door.

The coroner heard how just six weeks before their deaths, Tiffany made a suicide pact with another woman she had met while she was growing up in care.

They met at the Travelodge hotel in Bolton, but the other woman pulled out of the arrangement when Tiffany turned up accompanied by her daughters.

In a statement, paramedic Kirsty Ogden told how she found Tiffany and Casey-Lea lying on a mattress on the living room floor underneath a duvet. Both were dead.

Little Darcey was found in a buggy by the front door. She was also dead.

Home office pathologist Dr Phillip Lumb told the court that family had probably been dead for about a week.

Toxicology tests showed that Darcey died from an amount of methadone enough to prove fatal to an adult.

When Casey-Lea was examined she had also been given methadone and had been injected in her abdomen with insulin.

Tramadol, and morphine were also found, and Dr Lumb concluded she died from drug toxicity.

In response to a question from Tiffany’s mum, Bobby-Jo Stevens, Dr Lumb stated the drugs Ms Stevens and the girls had taken would have rendered them unconscious before death.

He said: “I don’t think there would be any pain or suffering.”

The family were found at their house in Arthur Street, Bolton, on January 21, 2019.