A mother accused of killing her own children in a brutal motorway crash has gone on the run, with border control asked to place ‘alerts’ to ensure her return.
Mother-of-four Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, was due to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court today to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, after slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV while driving on the M1 near J14 and J15 on Monday, August 9.
The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.
But prosecutors today admitted they ‘do not know where she is’, with Ms McCann failing to contact her solicitors after the funeral of her two children she is accused of killing last week.
Mother-of-four Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, was due to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court today to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving
She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller, 10,left, and daughter Lilly, 4, right after slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV
Prosecutors today admitted they do not know where Ms McCann is
McCann failed to contact her solicitors after the funeral of her two children
Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: ‘Unfortunately, we do not know where she is. We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant. Her bail address was her sister’s and she is not there.
‘It was the funeral of her children this week. Her one year old child is with the grandmother and is safe.’
The judge issued a warrant, not backed for bail, for her arrest saying he wanted the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her.
‘It is most likely she will flee to Ireland,’ he said.
He added: ‘This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put is in my view tactical.’
Ms McCann is set to stand trial at Aylesbury Crown Court over the deaths of her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4
The 35-year-old, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, was driving a white Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Scania HGV at about ten past eleven at night on Monday August 9th.
Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes.
Defence barrister Laban Leake said: ‘The funerals were on Monday and Tuesday. She is no longer at the aunt’s address.
‘She gave a telephone number (for her), An attempt was made to contact that number, but there was no response.’
Mr Leake added: ‘We know nothing of her state of mind.’
The children’s aunt, Margaret McCann, 26, said the family were on the way back from a party in London when the horror crash occurred.
Their mother’s Facebook page showed an image of smaller next to a birthday cake and 10th birthday balloon from earlier on Monday
There was also a post of a birthday cake showing it was Smaller’s 10th birthday on the day he died
The HGV driver was not injured in the incident, which happened at about 11.10pm on Monday August 9 (file photo)
Ms McCann was injured and another daughter, two, was strapped into her seat in the car and survived the crash. Her 13-year-old daughter had stayed in London.
Devastated family members paid heartbreaking tributes to the children on social media.
One wrote: ‘Life is cruel to take them away from my lovely brother. Best old father in the world, he put them first no matter how hard he hit they were his life please god give him the strength.’
The children’s aunt said: ‘RIP my perfect little niece and nephew. Aunt Elizabeth’s old pet Smaller and me little frilly Lilly.
‘Love you always and forever and never in this lifetime will you ever be forgotten, always loved.’
A family friend put: ‘Mortal divine RIP beautiful angels. So sorry for your loss, their poor mommy and daddy.’
A cousin wrote: ‘Can’t believe I’m even writing this but rest in peace to my two beautiful little cousins Smaller and Lilly.
‘I love you with all my heart. I love you so much this don’t even feel real. What has this world come to, hearts in bits. RIP my babies.’