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article imageTriple child killer Theresa Riggi found dead in psychiatric unit

By Gemma Fox     Mar 10, 2014 in Crime
Edinburgh - A woman who was jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of killing her three children in 2010, has been found dead in a high secure unit in England.
Theresa Riggi was sentenced to 16 years in jail after pleading guilty to culpable homicide with diminished responsibility. She had been in Rampton Hospital high secure unit in Nottinghamshire for an undisclosed amount of time. Riggi had initially been held in units in Scotland but had been attacked by other inmates.
Riggi was found guilty of killing her three children, eight-year-old twins Augustino (Austin) and Gianluca (Luke) and five-year-old Cecilia at their home in Slateford Road, Edinburgh on August 4th 2010. She had stabbed each child multiple times and had tried to cover up the deaths by causing an explosion at the address, before jumping from the balcony herself.
Emergency services initially thought they were arriving to deal with a gas explosion. The children were found side by side in the property.
Riggi, originally from California, had moved from Skene in Aberdeenshire following the break up of her marriage with the children's father, Pasquale.
In April 2011 she was found guilty of the deaths of children at the High Court in Glasgow. At the time, Lord Bracadale said that although her responsibility was diminished, she was still responsible for her actions.
Nottinghamshire Police said that they were not treating her death as suspicious and were preparing a file for the coroner.
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