A MUM has today been jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years after killing her toddler daughters to make way for her sex work.
Fetish model Louise Porton, 23, murdered Lexi Draper, three, and 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan just two weeks apart as she sold sex for just £30.
Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Mrs Justice Yip said the remorseless child killer had made a “calculated decision” to kill her daughters.
She told Porton, whose head was buried in her hands for the majority of the 90-minute hearing: “One way or another you squeezed the life out of each of your daughters, only calling emergency services when you knew they were dead.
“I’m sure that at the time of their deaths you intended to kill each of your daughters.
“Why you did so, only you know.
“Those who loved Lexi and Scarlett have been left bewildered as to how and why you could have done something so evil.
“Your actions have devastated so many lives.
Lexi and Scarlett were described by one witness as ‘golden’ and had so much to offer to their wider families. But you took all that away.”
Pressures as a single mum could “not begin to explain” what Porton did, said Mrs Justice Yip.
She said: “The suggestion that your children got in the way of your lifestyle may make for interesting headlines but it does not truly reflect the evidence.
“Your daughters did not hold you back from what you wanted to do. The sad truth is that the evidence reveals no explanation for Lexi and Scarlett’s death other than you, their mother, chose to end their lives.”
Lexi’s dad Chris Draper also told the court this morning that he “hated” Porton – dad saying “no punishment will be enough” to give the little girls justice.
Porton, who earned cash hooking up with men she met online and by sending them explicit pictures and video, was yesterday found guilty of two counts of murder.
The single mum had claimed her daughters died naturally but acted “like someone had lost their goldfish” when she was informed of their deaths.
She stood poker-faced as jurors returned unanimous verdicts after a four-and-a-half week trial.
The jury of 10 men and two women heard how Porton, from Rugby, Warks, “would do whatever she could” not to have her daughters around.
They had heard how Porton offered to perform sex acts during shoots for cash and told punters that she would sent nude pictures if punters funded her “shopping”.
The blonde-haired model told one customer how “they can have sex despite being in a shared room with both children present if they’re quiet”.
And she told another man, called Jayce: “Tell me how much you put in and I will do pictures.
“If you put enough in we can meet up and I will f*** you”.
In an exchange with her sister, Porton allegedly claimed she had sex in a van with man called ‘simple Simon’ as her children slept.
Lexi was found dead and “cold to touch” on January 15, 2018, at Porton’s home in Rugby, Warks, after a 999 call was made.
Prosecutors believe that Porton, then aged 20, had “deliberately obstructed” her daughter’s airway.
The trial was told how she performed internet searches the day before the tragic find, asking: “‘Is it true you s*** yourself when you die?’, and ‘For how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?’.
Websites visited on a computer also included: ‘Child revived almost 2hrs after drowning – but how?’ and ‘5 Weird things that happen after you die’.
Porton also sent a Whatsapp message to a friend claiming: “I’m just really havin a tuff time with my 3-year old being ill from that deadly flu doctors tellin me she gonna die x.”
The court was told that when Lexi was taken to casualty two weeks earlier for an apparent chest infection, Porton offered to send “indecent” images from hospital toilets to a contact called ‘Rich the Photographer’.
She agreed to perform sex acts during an upcoming photoshoot and told him that he could “do whatever he wanted” for £300.
Porton also swapped more than 80 messages with a hospital guard after meeting him in the A&E department, prosecutors said.
She admitted spending “two or three hours” each day chatting to men on dating apps MeetMe and Badoo. And just 24 hours after Lexi’s death, Porton was chatting with men on MeetMe, where she accepted 41 friend requests.
She was also seen Facetiming with a man while arranging Lexi’s burial at a funeral home, the trial was told.
Scarlett died on February 1 last year and was found with neck compression injuries.
It was claimed that Porton killed her in her temporary hotel accommodation in Rugby and then went through a “charade” of driving her to a hospital to cover up her crime.
Jurors were played a 111 call from a retail park saying she could not wake her other daughter Scarlett. Paramedics who responded to the call concluded that Scarlett had “been dead for some time” and was “freezing and lifeless”.
There was no evidence of either child having health issues and jurors were told a social worker saw Scarlett looking “chatty, alert and happy” hours before she died.
Former landlord Leigh-Anne Bradley in Willenhall, West Mids, told police that she would often look after Porton’s children, sometimes for the “whole day”.
She told detectives that if she was not caring for Scarlett and Lexi, then they would be with Porton’s parents instead.
Ms Bradley said: “It was very rare that Louise would ever have the children.
“She would do whatever she could not to have them with her.”
Giving evidence, Ms Bradley said Porton would sometimes get frustrated and swore at her children.
She said: “They would cry and not always do what she asked them to do.
“She would tell them to shut the f*** up or she would give them something to cry for.
“On one occasion Lexi had a temper tantrum and her mum pulled her up by one arm and told her to “get the f*** up from the floor”.
Oliver Saxby QC, prosecuting, told the court: “The overwhelming inference is Lexi and Scarlett died because someone deliberately interfered with their breathing.
“At times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted.”
Porton had denied wrong-doing throughout, telling police in a prepared statement:
“My children were never an inconvenience to me and I accommodated my lifestyle and personal life around them.
“I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it.”
Speaking after the verdict, Detective Superintendent Pete Hill, of Warwickshire Police, said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children; Lexi and Scarlett.
“It is clear from the evidence that Porton tried to kill her daughter, Lexi, on at least two occasions prior to her death on January 15 2018.
“Not content with killing one of her children, she did exactly the same to her other daughter, Scarlett, on February 1, 2018.
She has lied repeatedly to friends, family and professionals to cover her tracks.
“At no point throughout the whole investigation has she ever shown any real signs of emotion.
“Our thoughts are with the families of Lexi and Scarlett.”