Mother faces child murder charges in hospital hearing

Theresa Riggi with Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin. (Picture obtained by the BBC)
Image caption Theresa Riggi is charged with murdering Cecilia and twins Luke and Austin

A mother has faced charges of murdering her three children, before a sheriff at a special court hearing in hospital.

Twins Austin and Luke Riggi, eight, and their sister Cecilia, five, were found dead in Edinburgh on 4 August, after moving from Skene, Aberdeenshire.

Their mother, Theresa Riggi, 46, faced murder charges in private at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

She made no plea and was fully committed to hospital under an assessment order.

A funeral service for the three children was held in Aberdeen on Friday.

Their father Pasquale Riggi earlier described the trio as a "beautiful blessing".

The children were found in a flat in Edinburgh's Slateford Road.

California-born Mrs Riggi was found badly injured and has been receiving treatment in hospital.

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