Police issue picture of mother accused of killing her son and daughter

PICTURED: Police issue picture in hunt for mother-of-four, 35, accused of killing her son, 10, and daughter, four, in M1 crash after she ‘went on the run’ after their funeral

  • Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, failed to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday
  • Police issued appeal as the mother-of-four is understood to have gone on the run
  • She is set to stand trial over deaths of her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4
  • She slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV on the M1 on August 9

Police have issued a photograph of a mother-of-four who is accused of killing her own children in a brutal motorway crash and is believed to have gone on the run. 

Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, failed to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, after slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV while driving on the M1 near J14 and J15 on Monday, August 9. 

The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.

On Saturday, Thames Valley Police appealed for the public’s help amid a hunt for the mother-of-four after prosecutors admitted that they ‘don’t know where she is’.

Police have issued a photograph of Mary McCann, 35, of Derby, who is accused of killing her own children in a brutal motorway crash and is believed to have gone on the run

Ms McCann (pictured with son Smaller) failed to appear before Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving 

The force issued a picture of Ms McCann, who speaks with an Irish accent, and said it is possible that she may have altered her appearance.

Ms McCann is white, approximately 5ft 1ins tall, of medium build, with brown hair and blue eyes. 

She is known to have links to Derby, Huntingdon, Luton, the Notholt and Uxbridge areas of London and also the Republic of Ireland.

Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Thanes Valley Police’s Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit said: ‘We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Mary McCann after she failed to appear at court in connection with a fatal road traffic collision in Milton Keynes.

‘We believe that it may be possible for McCann to try to alter her appearance.

‘If anyone believes they recognise McCann, or has any information as to her whereabouts, then please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

‘We do not believe that she poses a danger to the wider public, however if you see her please call Thames Valley Police on 101, and quote reference number 43210356500.

‘Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers for 100% anonymity by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.’ 

Prosecutors yesterday admitted they ‘do not know where she is’, with Ms McCann failing to contact her solicitors after the funeral of her two children she is accused of killing last week. 

On Saturday, Thames Valley Police appealed for the public’s help amid a hunt for the mother-of-four after prosecutors admitted on Friday that they ‘don’t know where she is’ 


She is set to stand trial over the deaths of her son Smaller (left), 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, after slamming her white Vauxhall Astra into a Scania HGV while driving on the M1

Ms McCann approximately 5ft 1ins tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. She is known to have links to Derby, Huntingdon, Luton, the Notholt and Uxbridge areas of London and Ireland

Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: ‘Unfortunately, we do not know where she is. We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant. Her bail address was her sister’s and she is not there.

‘It was the funeral of her children this week. Her one year old child is with the grandmother and is safe.’

The judge issued a warrant, not backed for bail, for her arrest saying he wanted the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her. 

‘It is most likely she will flee to Ireland,’ he said.

He added: ‘This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put is in my view tactical.’   

The 35-year-old, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, was driving a white Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Scania HGV at about ten past eleven at night on Monday August 9th.

Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes.  

Defence barrister Laban Leake said: ‘The funerals were on Monday and Tuesday. She is no longer at the aunt’s address. 

‘She gave a telephone number (for her), An attempt was made to contact that number, but there was no response.’

Mr Leake added: ‘We know nothing of her state of mind.’

The children’s aunt, Margaret McCann, 26, said the family were on the way back from a party in London when the horror crash occurred. 

Ms McCann was injured and another daughter, two, was strapped into her seat in the car and survived the crash. Her 13-year-old daughter had stayed in London. 

Their mother’s Facebook page showed an image of smaller next to a birthday cake and 10th birthday balloon from earlier on Monday

There was also a post of a birthday cake showing it was Smaller’s 10th birthday on the day he died

The HGV driver was not injured in the incident, which happened at about 11.10pm on Monday August 9 (file photo)

Devastated family members paid heartbreaking tributes to the children on social media.

One wrote: ‘Life is cruel to take them away from my lovely brother. Best old father in the world, he put them first no matter how hard he hit they were his life please god give him the strength.’ 

The children’s aunt said: ‘RIP my perfect little niece and nephew. Aunt Elizabeth’s old pet Smaller and me little frilly Lilly.

‘Love you always and forever and never in this lifetime will you ever be forgotten, always loved.’

A family friend put: ‘Mortal divine RIP beautiful angels. So sorry for your loss, their poor mommy and daddy.’

A cousin wrote: ‘Can’t believe I’m even writing this but rest in peace to my two beautiful little cousins Smaller and Lilly.

‘I love you with all my heart. I love you so much this don’t even feel real. What has this world come to, hearts in bits. RIP my babies.’

The court was told on Friday that the funerals of McCann’s two children had taken place last week. Her one-year-old child is with the grandmother and is safe.

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