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Grieving dad whose children were found dead at home says ‘I need my babies back’

The father of two children who were found dead at home on Sunday morning has paid a heartbreaking tribute to them on social media.

Four people were killed at a Killamarsh house on Chandos Crescent. The murder investigation has been launched by the Derbyshire Police.

The other two bodies found are understood by DerbyshireLive, to be of the children’s mum and a third child.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident, but they aren’t looking for anyone else.

Jason Bennett is believed to be the father to the two children found in the house. He has paid tribute on social media to them.

Mourners at crime scene
A police cordon was set up surrounding the house

In a number of posts Mr Bennett described his son John and daughter Lacey as his “angels”.

He said: “I need my babies back. Life will never be the same. My angels. Won’t be long till I’m touching your cheeks, holding you close and kissing your beautiful faces. Only you two can fix me.”

In another post from Sunday night, he wrote: “Absolutely heartbroken my heart into a million pieces. I didn’t protect my beautiful babies enough and now they have been suddenly taken away from me.

“I’m writing this as I’m lost and broken on a 4-hour drive back home having just received heart-breaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me.”

Floral tribute
Messages left by the father to one of the victims on bouquets of flowers

The news has left neighbours shell-shocked.

Derbyshire Live was told by a neighbor that he used see children playing in his front yard.

“I’m shocked that the kids are gone,” He said.

“I’ve been here about a year and two months and it’s been quiet – nothing like this.

“To be honest with me, I think people will be devastated.”

Derbyshire police says it believes this is an isolated incident and it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Crime scene in Chandos Crescent
The scene in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh, near Sheffield

In a statement, the force said: “A murder investigation has been launched. At this time we believe the incident to be isolated, and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.”

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation team, added: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which they think could help with our inquiries.

“No matter how small you think that information may be, please do get in touch with us.

Mourners pay their respects
Mourners pay their respects

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“It is understandably a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time. It was important to us that close relatives of those involved were informed before we could give further details about the incident.

“Residents will continue to see a large police presence in the area, and patrols are being carried out for reassurance. If you do have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.”

Anyone with information on what happened is encouraged to contact officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police using the details below, quoting reference number 302-190921.

Anonymously, Crimestoppers can be reached at 0800 555 112.

Grieving dad whose children were found dead at home says 'I need my babies back'
Anurag Reddy
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