Samantha Ford: Evil mum who drowned twins in bath will walk free on fifth anniversary of their deaths

Written by: Amos Osrah

An cruel mother who killed her twin toddlers in the bath is ready to go free after never serving a single day in prison.

Samantha Ford pleaded manslaughter with reduced responsibility but denied murdering her two 23-month-old children, Jake and Chloe, before being sentenced to ten years in prison.

Samantha and Steven with their twin babies Jake and Chloe
Samantha and Steven with their twin babies Jake and Chloe

However, since her sentencing in August 2019, she has been in a psychiatric hospital waiting to be deemed fit to begin serving time in a prison.

Ford will be released on December 26 this year, the fifth anniversary of her children’s deaths, according to HM Prison and Probation Service.

Father of twins devastated Steven Ford referred to his estranged wife as a “child killer” in a tweet about her upcoming release.

He wrote on Twitter: “HM Prison and Probation Service have confirmed that on December 26, 2023, this child killer will be released without serving a single day in prison.

“On the 5th anniversary, she will be released. I still can’t get my divorce from this evil woman because she holds all the cards.”

In another tweet, he added: “She played the system perfectly like we all knew she would.”

Jake and Chloe
Jake and Chloe were just 23-months-old when they died

Ford, who had given birth via IVF, divorced Steven just weeks before the fatalities, which occurred on Boxing Day 2018 at her leased house near Margate, Kent.

She then drove her Ford Galaxy automobile at 100 mph into a truck on the A299 near Whitstable the next day in an attempt to end her life.

“I’ve killed my babies,” Ford informed officers at the site. Please let me perish.

“I put them in the bath. We were meant to be together.”

She added: “I would never hurt them, they are my miracle babies.”

She also said: “This is all a dream. I should have gone to the hospital sooner. He’s messing with my head.”


Despite googling “how to drown someone” in the weeks leading up to the crime, Ford pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Ford’s defence team claimed she was suffering from severe depression at the time of the murders.

Psychiatrists for the prosecution at the Old Bailey, however, indicated she may have exaggerated her sickness.

Samantha with her twin babies Jake and Chloe
Samantha with her twin babies Jake and Chloe

One witness alleged she murdered the twins in a fit of “narcissistic rage.”

However, the prosecution eventually agreed to accept the lesser charges.

Ford was sentenced in August 2019 to two 10-year custodial terms, to run concurrently.

She is currently in Trevor Gibbens psychiatric unit in Maidstone, Kent, until she is deemed fit enough to be moved to a prison.

It is understood that while the five-year point referred to by Mr Ford would be the usual point where release is considered, in this instance the specific date would be a matter for clinicians to decide upon.

Steven Ford with his twins
Steven Ford with his twins

A Ministry of Justice Spokesperson said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Ford and his family given the unimaginable pain and grief they have endured.

“Samantha Ford continues to serve the sentence that the court handed down.”

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