Mum dies two years after kids killed in attack
A mum who lost her four kids in a petrol bomb attack has died.
Michelle Pearson lost her life after spending "20 months fighting" her injuries sustained in the 2017 house fire.
According to The Sun, her mum Sandra Lever revealed the tragic news on Facebook saying: "Sadly last night, After a hard 20 months of fighting. Our beautiful Michelle gained her wings and went to join her babies."
Michelle's daughter Demi, 15, son Brandon, eight, and girls Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, died in the inferno at her home in Walkden, Greater Manchester in December 2017.
She suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body and spent five months in a coma following the attack.
Now a former chief prosecutor has called for convicted killers Zak Bolland and David Worrall to be charged with murder following the death of Michelle.
Nazir Afzal who brought the notorious Rochdale grooming gang to justice in 2012, tweeted: "Those convicted of the murder of her children now need to be charged with her murder."
In May last year Bolland, then 23, was convicted of four counts of murder and three of attempted murder and was handed a minimum 40-year sentence.
MOST CHALLENGING TIME
His friend Worrall, then 26, was also convicted of the four murders and three counts of attempted GBH and was handed a 37-year sentence.
Bolland's then girlfriend Courtney Brierley was found guilty of four counts of manslaughter and was jailed for 21 years.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force would be 'liaising with the CPS' with regards to potential additional charges.
Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Yesterday, we were made aware that Michelle Pearson, who was seriously injured in a house fire in Walkden in 2017, passed away.
"As the Senior Investigating Officer for the investigation into the fire, I know first-hand how devastating the death of her four children was for Michelle and the news of her passing is incredibly tragic.
"I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Michelle's loved ones at this terrible time. We will ensure that they receive any support they need from the investigation team as they come to terms with their loss."
Two months ago, Sandra revealed her daughter was in a critical condition in hospital after her health suddenly deteriorated.
She said: "We have been reluctant to share Michelle's journey over the past few months as we have been focusing on getting her better.
"Also trying to keep away from the public eye to allow Michelle and the family (time) to grieve.
"However, what people didn't know is that in fact this has been the most challenging time for Michelle and the family.
"Michelle's health has deteriorated in the past 10 weeks, Michelle is still in critical health and still remains in hospital until further notice."
FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE
It comes as the woman jailed for helping the arsonists torch the family home is set to appeal her conviction, Manchester Evening News reports.
Courtney Brierley, 21, was jailed for manslaughter last year for helping her then-boyfriend Zak Bolland and pal David Worrall carry out the attack.
She was caged for 21 years while Bolland, 23, and Worrall, 26, were handed life sentences for murder.
The attack was a devastating climax to a feud involving Bolland and Kyle Pearson, Michelle's eldest son, who escaped the blaze.
Brierley is serving time in a young offenders' institution and will be able to apply for parole halfway through her sentence.
She claimed she acted because she feared her violent boyfriend Bolland.
Brierley has lodged appeals against her sentence and her conviction.
The Court of Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice in London confirmed her appeal is listed for June 27.
This was one of the few family updates about the mum's health since Michelle recorded a heartbreaking message from her hospital bed a year on from the blaze.
The family released the clip to be played at the vigil to mark a year since the sickening attack.
She said: "First of all, I'd like to thank all the firefighters for what they have done.
"Second, I would like to thank the community for all their generous donations. And last I would like to thank everybody for coming tonight."
In October 2018, Mrs Lever and her other daughter Michelle appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show and shared the moment she had to tell her daughter that four of her children had died in an arson attack, after waking from a five-month coma.
She said: "It either had to come from me or the nurses. It was only because she (Michelle) asked me.
"I was talking about the grandkids, the youngest one. She (Michelle) said 'where's my baby?'. I said 'Lia'."
Sandra said the horrifying news wouldn't sink in.
"We did tell her numerous times that she had passed away in the fire but she got, like, in denial.
"She just kept asking every day. Kept forgetting and forgetting.
"It lasted for about six weeks before it sunk into her."
Michelle's sister Sarah, the children's aunt, added: "She kept saying 'bring the kids down next time you come' and 'who's looking after them?' and 'make sure you give Demi some money'."
Jeremy Kyle asked them: "Would it be better if your daughter passed away?"
Mrs Lever revealed they "did think that at the beginning".
She said: "We just wanted her to be, like, with the children because without the children, it ain't going to be Michelle."
Michelle was too ill to attend the funeral services for her children, even though they were arranged to be held nine months later in September 2018 in the hope that she would be well enough.
However, with her condition still fragile, Michelle was instead shown photographs of the funeral which was attended by family members, friends and hundreds of well-wishers.