The bodies of eight children, aged between 18-months and 15-years old were found on Friday in a home in Northern Australia. Queensland state police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on reports a 34-year-old woman was seriously injured.
When police entered the house, they found the dead bodies of eight brutally stabbed children. The injured woman is said to be the mother of all eight children. A cousin of the family, Lisa Thaiday, said alarm was raised by the 20-year-old brother of the eight children. He had reportedly returned home to find his brothers and sisters dead in their house.Â “I’m going to see him now, he needs comforting,” Thaiday said. “We’re a big family … I just can’t believe it. We just found out (about) those poor babies.”
Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar is Far north regional crime coordinator. He said the mother was not in custody, and was helping police with their inquiries. She is receiving treatment for her wounds and is in stable condition at a hospital. He added that the public had nothing to fear from the incident.
â€œAs it stands at the moment thereâ€™s no need for the public to be concerned, other than itâ€™s a tragic, tragic incident,â€ Asnicar said, “The situation is well controlled at the moment. There shouldn’t be any concern for anyone else out of this environment.”
There were eyewitness reports that a man had been seen standing on in the front yard of the house earlier that day. The inspector, however refused to comment about those accounts. He addressed the media at the scene around 1.30pm local time. Asnicar said forensic officers were examining the Murray Street house, and the operation could last â€œseveral days.â€
When asked about the victims, he said, â€œI can tell you that at this stage I believe thereâ€™s eight. As I told you at this stage, the scene is locked down, that could go up or down,â€ Aniscar said police who first responded to the incident were distressed but acted professionally.
â€œThese events are extremely distressing for everyone, of course, and police officers arenâ€™t immune to that, weâ€™re human beings as well. But the police we have here are very highly trained and professional.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott commented on the incident in a statement saying, â€œTonight, there will be tears and prayers across our country for these children. All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime. These are trying days for our country.”