A MUM has told how her boyfriend killed two of her children in eight months – and she had no idea until years later.
Laura Gray, 29, lost 24-day-old Ruby and and 21-month-old Logan at the hands of Jordan Monaghan.
Monaghan smothered his Ruby, as she slept in her Moses basket while Laura was asleep upstairs.
Eight months later he took his toddler Logan to a public swimming pool and smothered him while alone in a changing room cubicle.
Laura never suspected that their father had killed them – as doctors ruled Ruby had pneumonia, while Logan’s cause of death was inconclusive.
But six years later he murdered his new partner Evie by giving her deadly prescription drugs including tramadol and diazepam, which he had bought illegally on the black market.
In December he was handed three life sentences, and must serve a minimum of 40 years before he is considered for parole.
Now Laura has told of her pain after discovering that the father of her children caused the horrific tragedies.
She told The Sunday Mirror: “I always feel guilty, every day I feel guilt, and it runs through my head all the time what I could have done differently.
“I carry that with me every day. I will carry that with me for the rest of my life.”
Little Ruby was born on Decemember 8, 2012, and Laura said it gave them the “best Christmas ever.”
彼女は説明した: “I felt like the luckiest mum in the world, with my own little family.
“It was all I had ever wanted. I was determined to give my children everything I had never had.”
During cops investigations into the tots’ deaths they discovered Monaghan had attempted to smother her just days before her death/
Laura was upstairs folding clothes when Monaghan shouted up to her – and when she came down she found Ruby fighting for breath and she was taken into hospital for three days.
But on New Years Day Monaghan tried again – and killed her.
Laura said: “The children were in bed and we watched a film and saw the New Year in before I went to bed. Jordan stayed up to give Ruby her 2am bottle.
“I woke in the early hours to Jordan shouting that she wasn’t breathing. I ran downstairs and I could see, the moment I looked at her, that she had gone.
“We called an ambulance and I went with her to the hospital, but it was too late.”
An inquest held in April 2013 ruled that she died of natural causes after contracting acute bronchopneumonia.
Laura said: “I crashed completely after Ruby died. I really leaned on Jordan for support. He was very strong and practical. He planned the funeral, then he returned to work.
“He just carried on. しかし、再び, I just thought that he was being strong for me. I didn’t suspect a thing.
“We focused on Logan, because he was all we had left. Jordan had a really close relationship with his son.”
Soon after Laura discovered fiance Monaghan had not been paying rent, and had a serious gambling problem.
Brave Laura told him they were finished and to move out.
The next day Monaghan killed their son Logan, when he took the tot to the local swimming baths and smothered him in the changing rooms.
He pretended the toddler was asleep, and wheeled him home in his pram.
Jordan Monaghan and Laura Gray become engaged after beginning their relationship as teenagers.
11月 17, 2011
Logan Monaghan is born.
9月 23, 2012
Logan is taken to hospital after swallowing paracetamol while at home alone with Monaghan. That morning, Miss Gray told him the relationship was over.
12月 8, 2012
Ruby Monaghan is born.
12月 29, 2012
Ruby collapses while alone in the living room at home with Monaghan.
12月 31, 2012
Ruby is discharged from hospital. A viral infection of bronchiolitis is diagnosed.
1月 1, 2013
Ruby collapses while alone with Monaghan and is pronounced dead at 2.45am in hospital.
8月 16, 2013
Laura Gray discovers Monaghan had run up £2,000 credit card debt from gambling and she tells him the relationship is over.
8月 17, 2013
Logan is discovered dead in his buggy after returning home from being alone with his father in a cubicle at a local swimming pool.
Further information comes in and Lancashire Police review the deaths of both children and launch a double murder investigation, Operation Mayford. Monaghan is arrested and bailed for further inquiries.
10月 11, 2019
Monaghan and his partner of a number of months, Evie Adams, row during a weekend trip to Blackpool.
10月 24, 2019
Evie Adams is found collapsed and declared dead at 8.50pm from drug toxicity.
January 18, 2021
Jordan Monaghan is charged with the murders of Ruby, Logan and Evie Adams.
12月 17, 2021
Following a 10-week trial at Preston Crown Court, Monaghan is convicted of all three murders.
Laura said: “Jordan told me to wake Logan while he went out to collect a pizza,” says Laura. “I knew the moment I lifted the rain cover.
“He looked the same as Ruby. Jordan tried CPR, covering up what he had done and putting on a show, knowing he was already dead. I was shell-shocked, absolutely devastated.”
に 2018, it was announced that the deaths of Laura’s children were being reviewed – and Monaghan was arrested.
But while out on bail in October 2019 he brutally murdered his new girlfriend after she tried to dump him.
Laura believes he killed their children to force her to stay with him.
She sa: “He knew that we were having problems and I think he did it to bring us closer together, knowing that I would lean on him for support. And I did. I leaned on him, and he knew that I needed him. It was a control thing.”
彼女は付け加えた: “It’s scary to think what could have happened if we hadn’t split up.”
“When I found Ruby, she was covered with a blanket.
“思い返す, that didn’t make sense. Surely if she wasn’t breathing, he would have uncovered her? With Logan, he had taken him swimming without telling me.
“Jordan hated swimming, he’d never been. Then he came home and insisted that I woke Logan, to ensure that I found him. I still struggle not to blame myself.”