"Doctors HAD seen accused mother
THE mum accused of killing her baby and two-year-old son had been treated for mental health problems - but was discharged because she failed to keep appointments.
The M.E.N. can reveal doctors at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust diagnosed Jael Mullings with 'low mood' depression but it is understood she did not respond well to treatment and staff referred her to her GP.
A spokesman for the city's psychiatric services would only say Mullings was not in their care when her sons were killed two weeks ago and it is understood their contact with her ended 18 months before two-year-old Romario and three-month-old Delayno were found dead at the family's Cheetham Hill home.
He refused to say how long the trust had looked after her and whether it was their usual policy to discharge people who did not show up to appointments.
An independent investigation is now looking at how social services handled the case and the role of health services is also under scrutiny because Mullings, as the mother of a new child, should have had regular contact with community midwives and health visitors.
Tot and baby stabbed to death
Laura Roberts, chief executive of NHS Manchester, said: "It is very important that the support received by the family from the NHS is examined as part of the multi-agency review into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.
"The review must be conducted thoroughly before any conclusions can be drawn about the role of the NHS or other agencies and in the meantime it is not appropriate for us to speculate."
Caroline Marsh, Director of Adult Social Care said: "The person concerned has in the past received welfare benefits from Manchester Advice."
Jael Mullings dumped Romario at a hospital and then at a doctors' surgery- with a note attached to him but five months later, social workers - who had been keeping an eye on the family - closed their file on Mullings, judging that the mother was capable of caring for her children.
She was arrested on suspicion of murdering the boys. She has now been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
The 21-year-old had earlier called a doctors' surgery in a state of distress, and had been spotted screaming at her children in the street, telling them she 'hated' them and shouting: "Are you going to shoot me?"
Mullings rang her own mother to say that her sons were dead.
A statement from the boys' family said: "This family had two beautiful, innocent children called Romario who was just two years old and his brother, Delayno, who had only been born in July this year.
"We, as a family, are struggling to come to terms with the tragic events of yesterday afternoon and we cannot even begin to understand what happened. "Everybody is completely devastated.We hope that wherever the boys have gone to they are at peace."
Neighbours told how in the hours before the murders the boys' mother, who had only recently moved into the house, had been seen screaming in the street, and marching up and down.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating why it took police one hour to go round to the house after the second of two 999 calls from surgery staff."