‘Beautiful’ mum found dead with 3 kids ‘was pregnant’ as ‘suspect’ pictured
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A woman who was killed along with her two children and another youngster at a sleepover is believed to have been pregnant.
Terri Harris, 35, and her children Lacey Bennett, 11, and John Paul Bennett, 13, were found dead alongside friend Connie Gent, 11, on Sunday morning.
A neighbour in Killamarsh, near Sheffield, today claimed Terri had told his mum she was pregnant but could not tell anyone else yet.
He said Terri regularly spoke to his mother and they “were friendly” with each other.
A 31-year-old man, who was known to the family, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, Derbyshire Police confirmed.
He has been named locally as Damien Bendall, who was in a relationship with Terri for around six months.
The neighbour said: “It’s so heartbreaking because the little kids have done nothing wrong. Terri told my mum she was pregnant but couldn’t tell anyone yet as it was still early.”
Jason Bennett, the father of John Paul and Lacey, today shared a post on Facebook calling for the return of the death penalty.
Around 300 people gathered on Monday evening for a vigil in a park a few hundred yards from the police cordon, where they placed candles, flowers and teddy bears.
Many people were in tears as they stood and listened to prayers from Killamarsh street church pastor David Taylor.
Flowers were left at the scene earlier in the day with a message from Mr Bennett to his daughter which said: "To Lacey, my TikTok Queen.
"Lost without you. Look after your big brother and don't wind him up.
"Soon I will be there to kiss you, hold you tight and make it all better."
His message to his son said: "To John, my beautiful son, keep your kind heart shining while the angels are looking after you for me."
A number of blue police tents were in the front garden and forensics officers conducted inquiries at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation, said on Sunday evening: "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.”
North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley added: "Of particular interest is anyone who was in the Chandos Crescent area between 9.30pm on Saturday evening and 7.30am the following day and who may have information that would be helpful to the investigation."
Police have asked for anyone with information to contact Derbyshire Constabulary, quoting reference 302-190921.
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