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Fatal fire jury told Buxton mother 'loved her children'

  • 2-2-2011

_51072493_51072491.jpgA mother accused of killing two of her children in a house fire loved them "with all her heart", a court was told.

Fiona Adams' daughter Niamh, five, and son Cayden, two, died in the blaze at their home in Edale Way in Buxton, Derbyshire, last April.

Ms Adams' partner told Nottingham Crown Court he could not believe that she would harm her children.

Giving evidence, James Maynard, 28, said: "She [Ms Adams] loved those children with all her heart".

The 23-year-old denies two charges of murder, arson and causing grievous bodily harm to her eight-month-old baby son.

Ms Adams escaped from an upstairs window with the baby just before midnight on 23 April.

Timothy Spencer, QC, prosecuting said she managed to get Niamh and Cayden into the bedroom with her.

The court heard Mr Maynard climbed a ladder to try to rescue his children.

"I knew then that they were gone," he told the jury.

The court had been told Ms Adams sought attention from her partner after their relationship broke down.

She had attempted suicide after discovering Mr Maynard had cheated on her.

He told the court he had had three "flings" during his relationship with Ms Adams.

The trial continues.

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