Boys, 7 and 9, found dead in their bedroom after being 'strangled to death' as mum discovered hanged at family home | The Sun

TWO boys were found strangled to death in their bedroom while their mum was discovered hanged, an inquest heard today.

Nadja De Jager, 47, was discovered dead at home in Belvedere, South East London alongside Alexander, nine, and Maximus, seven.

Police had been called to the family home on March 9 following a report of a concern for the welfare.

Officers confirmed they are not looking for anybody else in connection with the horror.

An inquest heard today how Maximus was found dead on the bed, while Alexander was laying on the floor next to him.

Their bodies were formally identified by their father.

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A post mortem gave a provisional cause of death as ligature compression of the neck, pending further investigation.

Nadja, who was identified through dental records, died from "suspension".

The inquest was adjourned ahead of a full hearing, which has not yet been set.

Nadja, who spoke Croatian, Spanish and English, had run her property company with her husband before he resigned as a director.

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The tragedy came after heartbreaking videos showed the two brothers playing at home just months before they were found dead.

Tributes flooded in for the family following the grim discovery.

One heartfelt message read: “To Alex and Maxy’s family. Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful boys and their mum. We are thinking of you. Love the Mandalias.”

Their son, Noah, wrote: “I will miss you in class and when we played games. Bye, love Noah.”

Belvedere Infant and Junior School also paid tribute to "loving and caring" pupils Alexander and Maximus.

In a statement, the school said: "Alex and Max were truly wonderful members of our school community and we will remember them with great fondness and love.

"They were loving and caring boys who had a real hunger to learn.

"Both were model pupils and it was clear that they were each other's best friend.

"They will be hugely missed by pupils and staff alike, and forever be part of our hearts at Belvedere.

"Our deepest condolences are with the family and their friends during this difficult time and in due course we will share details of a fitting memorial for the brothers at Belvedere.

"For now, our immediate priority has been to make sure we have support in place for the children and staff to help them come to terms with what has happened, including through specialist counselling.

"The death of any child is a terrible tragedy, but our school community will come together to grieve and to be there for each other.

"Belvedere is a warm and loving place and we will come through this together."

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