Mum won’t be able to attend funeral of four children who died in petrol bomb attack

A mum who lost her four children in a house fire will not be able to attend their funeral after being seriously injured in the arson attack.

Michelle Pearson, 36, survived the petrol bomb attack at her family home on Jackson Street, in Walkden, Greater Manchester, last December.

Demi, 15, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and three-year-old Lia died from smoke inhalation and burns.

Emergency crews had rescued Ms Pearson and Lia from the property but the toddler died two days later.

The mum was left in a coma and has not left hospital since.

The children are finally being buried tomorrow but their mum was unable to attend after spending months fighting for her life.

She had been unable to talk for most of the time and was forced to have one of her eyes stitched closed.

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Ms Pearson had also been struggling to eat and had been described as ‘critical’ as recently as July.

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She had been working hard to be ready for the funeral tomorrow but her mum Sandra Lever revealed it was not possible on a message on Facebook.

She wrote: ‘Due to unforeseen medical circumstances Michelle want be able to attend the children’s funeral on Friday (sic).’

The bodies of the children will be transported in horse-drawn carriages on the same road in Walkden where they lived.

A relative said: ‘The public is welcome to walk behind the horse and carriages up to the service.

‘They are also welcome to the service and can line the streets in a mark of respect, however the burial and wake are private.’

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In May three people were jailed for nearly 100 years for killing the children.

Zak Bolland, 23, was told he must serve a minimum of 40 years for the murders of the four youngsters.

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David Worrall, 25, was also given four life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum term of 37 years for the murders.

Courtney Brierley, 20, was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter over the deaths and was locked up for 21 years.

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