A mum accused of murdering her two daughters laughed on the phone as she sorted out her eldest child’s funeral, a court heard.
Louise Porton is accused of killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and 16-month old Scarlett Vaughan, by obstructing their airways.
Lexi was found dead at home in the early hours of January 15 last year after reports she was unconscious.
Her little sister Scarlett passed away after falling ill and was rushed to hospital 18 days later on February 1.
Porton is on trial at Birmingham Crown Court accused of murdering her two children.
Jurors were told the 23-year-old was heard by staff joking around while using Facetime to speak to a man at the funeral parlour.
When the member of staff returned to the room, Porton stopped laughing and began “staring blankly and not providing very much information”.
She also accepted 41 friend requests on dating apps on January 16 – the day after Lexi died, the court was told.
The girls became a “burden” to her and “got in the way of her doing what she wanted” – which included offering to meet men for sex in exchange for money, the jury were told.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby said: “On January 30, 2018, the defendant, her sister, Karen and Scarlett attended a funeral care business to discuss the arrangements for Lexi’s funeral.
“At first the meeting with the funeral arranger, Stella Curley, was difficult, as the defendant appeared tense and she was quiet and staring into space.
“Ms Curley left the room to bring in a colleague, Paul Rowden, to help.
“While she was out of the room for about five minutes, she heard the defendant on her phone laughing.
“It appeared she was using Facetime and she was speaking to a male.
“When Ms Curley came back into the room, the defendant told the person she was on the phone to that she had to go and reverted to how she had been before, staring blankly and not providing very much information.”
Mr Saxby said: “She added the words, ‘only me and this one left now’. At which she turned and walked into Tescos. “
The court heard Porton “showed no emotion” and got her phone out while paramedics were trying to save the life of her second child, Scarlett.
Mr Saxby added: “When the first paramedic attended he was not greeted with the sort of panicked response perhaps you would expect.
“He went over to the only car he could see with anyone near it.
“He saw a small child on the driver’s seat, which had been reclined.
“The poppers of the onesie which the child had on had been undone and he could see the chest, but he could not see it rise or fall, suggesting that she was not breathing.
“Her eyes were closed. He lowered his cheek to her mouth and felt no breath. He started chest compressions and gave oxygen and asked the defendant to help – which she did.
“Nine minutes later, an ambulance arrived and Scarlett was picked up and taken to the ambulance.
“The paramedic who did this describes her as freezing and completely lifeless.
“The defendant followed. She was calm and showed no emotion.
“The ambulance set off with the defendant sitting in the front and the paramedics in the back trying to resuscitate Scarlett.
“The heart rhythm was asystole, meaning that there was no electrical activity in the heart and it was not beating.
“Scarlett’s body temperature was low, her blood sugar was raised, her eyes were fixed and dilated, indicating that her body had been starved of oxygen for some time.
“The defendant remained calm and showed no signs of emotion at all. She was seen to get her phone out.
“The paediatric medical team continued with attempts at resuscitation, however her condition did not improve and Scarlett was pronounced dead at 11:31pm.
“In the hours that followed, the defendant sent a series of messages to various people.
“On March 20, 2018, the defendant was arrested on suspicion of the murder of both of her daughters.”
Upon being arrested Porton said to officers “why would I kill my own kids?’”
During police interview, she also stated: “My children were never an inconvenience to me and I accommodated my lifestyle and personal life around them.”
She added: “It is correct that life as a single mother was financially difficult, but I never asked anyone for money and any suggestion that I used my daughter’s ill health or death to make any money is wholly inaccurate and wrong.
“‘Even after I had been interviewed for seven-and-a-half hours, I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it.
“I maintain I have absolutely no involvement in the death of my children.”
The trial continues.