While most Australians are yet to come over with the siege on a Sydney based café earlier this week, there is some more gloomy news for them. Eight children aged 18 months to 15 years have been found dead along with an injured woman in what looks like a mass stabbing in Manoora, a suburb of the Queensland city of Cairns (almost four kilometers away from the central business district).
The Australian authorities are investigating the case and though they have confirmed the news of finding eight dead children, they have not yet mentioned the causes of their death. The police are treating the home as a crime scene for now.
Police said they were called to the Manoora based home at 11:20 a.m. Friday local time (8:20 p.m. ET Thursday) on a report of a woman with serious injuries. On reaching the scene, they found an injured 34 year old woman and the eight dead children. The condition of the injured woman is said to stable. Police released few details Friday because the investigation was in its early stages, but said there was no danger to the community.
“As it stands at the moment, there’s no need for the public to be concerned about this other than the fact that it’s a tragic, tragic event,” Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar told reporters. “The situation is well controlled.”
“These events are extremely distressing for everyone of course, and police officers aren’t immune from that. We’re human beings as well,” Asnicar said.
The woman who is being given medical treatment for her injuries is cooperating with investigators and no arrests have been made, he added.
“There shouldn’t be any concerns for anyone else out of this environment and as we progress further we’ll be sharing the results of our investigation.
“The crime scene is being locked down. That includes, from me. Nobody goes in there until our forensic people are finished and until we have done that we’re not going to be able to clearly establish any relationships.
“This is not a small job, we’re not taking this lightly at all. We don’t do that here in the Far North, This will be done to the nth degree and we will cover every angle before this is finished.”
Detective Inspector Asnicar could not confirm the relationship between the woman and the children. However, the woman’s cousin, Lisa Thaiday, told AAP at the scene the children were all siblings and the injured woman their mother.
Ms Thaiday said another sibling, a 20-year-old man, arrived home to find his brothers and sisters dead inside the house. He is now being comforted by other family members.
“I’m going to see him now, he needs comforting,” Ms Thaiday said.
She described the family and extended relatives as close-knit. People in the neighborhood who had know the family were visibly shaken by the shocking incident and could be seen comforting each other the scene.