A father who lost a set of miracle IVF twins who were drowned by their own mother, says he has been given a “purpose in life” after the birth of his third child.
Steven Ford’s twin toddlers, Jake and Chloe, were just 23 months old when they were drowned by their mum Samantha Ford in the bath at their home on Boxing Day, back in 2018.
She was jailed for 10 years in August 2019 after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
At the time her defence lawyer said she was suffering from a ‘catastrophic level’ of depression when she killed the tots.
(Image: Steven Ford/Twitter)
Her former husband, Mr Ford, said he could “finally grieve in peace” after a coroner concluded the tots had been unlawfully killed in January.
Steven, from Margate, has now revealed he is the father to a son born on Sunday October 17.
Posting an adorable picture of the newborn on Twitter this morning, Mr Ford said: “My 3rd baby, my 2nd son, my only child. You’ve given me purpose in life once more, I’ll help you do great things with yours. I love you son x.”
It was accompanied with the hashtags: “myson, brothertoangels, jakeandchloeforever, onedayold, baby, love, HappyBirthday’’.
Jake and Chloe were born in January 2017 after Steven and Samantha, who married in 2009, moved to Qatar for work.
The family returned to the UK in February 2018 but Ford asked for a divorce in November of that year, according to Mirror Online.
(Image: Steven Ford)
After she changed her mind, Mr Ford declined her pleas to return to the marital home.
In an act of “revenge” against her estranged husband, Ford held her children underwater in the bath before tucking them into bed.
Ford drove to Beachy Head before attempting suicide by smashing her Ford Galaxy into the back of a lorry at 100mph as she returned home.
She told the attending officers “I have killed my babies” and left a note at home which read: “Please forgive my crazy mind.”
The child killer, who denied murder, was ordered to begin her sentence in a psychiatric hospital.
Mr Ford said in a statement following the inquest: “The total shock and pain is indescribable.
“In that moment my life had changed in a heartbeat.
“My two beautiful babies were healthy, bright and loving children who had everything to life for.
“The last two years have been agonising. I miss them so much and this is something I will never get over as long as I live.”
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He told the court at the Old Bailey he felt guilty for the twin’s deaths and had no idea that anything was wrong when he dropped them back at Ford’s on Boxing Day.
He said Ford’s actions were the ‘ultimate punishment’ and an ‘extreme version’ of her character – which the court previously heard was for her to be emotionally controlling.