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“Post-mortems on flat death children”

Post-mortem examinations are to be carried out on three children found dead in their home.

Eight-year-old twins Augustino and Gianluca Riggi and their five-year-old sister Cecilia were discovered on Wednesday at the modern townhouse in Slateford Road, Edinburgh, after reports of an explosion.

Police are waiting to speak to the children’s mother, Theresa Riggi, 46, who is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after apparently falling from the second floor of the building. They hope the examinations will determine how the children died and whether they should pursue a murder inquiry.

The three bodies have been removed from the flat and the deaths are being treated as suspicious. It was reported that the children were found stabbed to death in the flat before neighbours reported the explosion, but this has not been confirmed by police.

The children’s father, Pasquale Riggi, 46, has been interviewed by police but is not a suspect. He is said to be “heartbroken”.

A judge warned that three children, who were at the centre of a bitter custody battle, could be in danger just 24 hours before they were found dead.

Judge Lady Clark raised concerns about the welfare of the children after their mother failed to appear before a divorce hearing on Tuesday.

Police said Mrs Riggi and the children were traced to the Edinburgh address last month after they were reported missing from their home in the Aberdeen area.

When Mrs Riggi, previously of Mosslea Cottage, Skene, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, disappeared again the judge ordered the court’s Messengers at Arms to search for her, with social services instructed to supervise the children once found and to apply to a local sheriff in relation to their protection if they thought it necessary. The couple had been due to appear in court for a further hearing.

The family came from California and Colorado and Mr Riggi has worked for oil firm Shell since 1987. He has been in Aberdeen for a number of years and in the country for 13 years.


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