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Neighbours ‘heard screaming’ at home where mum and 3 kids died at sleepover

Two children were found dead near a third young girl after a quadruple murder at a sleepover hours after neighbours allegedly heard screaming.

On Sunday, Mum Terri Harris, 35, and her children Lacey, 11 and John, 13, were found dead in Killamarsh.

Connie Gent (11 years old) was also found dead by police at the scene. Gent had been invited over for a sleepover.

The horrified local claimed that neighbors heard screaming from the property around 8pm Saturday, September 18, but police were not notified.

The unnamed local told The Sun: “I don’t think anyone thought to call the police. It then went quiet for the rest of the night.



John (left) and Lacey (right) with their dad, Jason Bennett
John (left) and Lacey (right) with their dad, Jason Bennett

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“They then heard screaming in the early hours.”

Police arrived on the scene at 7:30am on Sunday, September 19th and found the mum and children dead.

One man was taken into custody on suspicion of murder.



Police arrived at around 7:30am, Sunday, September 19, and found the victims' bodies
Police arrived at around 7:30am, Sunday, September 19, and found the victims’ bodies

He was first taken to hospital to be treated for self-inflicted injuries, before being quizzed in police custody, where he remains.

The investigation is continuing as officers were seen searching through grassland, drains, and other areas earlier today (September 21).

Detective Chief Inspector Sally Blaiklock who is leading the investigation said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Terri, John Paul, Lacey and Connie – as well as the communities that have been affected by this most tragic of incidents.



Officers were seen trawling through drains and grassland earlier today, September 21, as the investigation continues
Officers were seen trawling through drains and grassland earlier today, September 21, as the investigation continues

“A large scene remains in place on Chandos Crescent and local residents will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days, including patrols by officers in the local area.

“Myself and the team of the detectives are particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in Chandos Crescent between 6pm on Saturday, September 18 and 7am on Sunday, September 19, as well as anyone who may have video footage of the street.



Tributes have been pouring in for the victims, with people leaving flowers near the property
Tributes have been pouring in for the victims, with people leaving flowers near the property

“That can include dashcam, mobile phone footage, CCTV or video doorbells.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call 101 and quote the reference number 302-190921 or use the online portal.

Meanwhile, tributes have continued to pour in for the victims and a fundraiser has raised over £18,000 so far, in order to help the families.

Neighbours 'heard screaming' at home where mum and 3 kids died at sleepover
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