An absolutely horrific situation up in Cairns, 8 kids found dead in house, more to come!!! It’s understood a woman has been taken to hospital with stab wounds.The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 15yrs
Mersane Warria has been arrested over the children’s deaths.
Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Cairns home
The 37-year-old mother of the children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested for murder.
Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the mother was lucid and awake and speaking with police.
The bodies of eight children were found following a multiple stabbing on Friday morning.
The children, aged from 18 months to 14 years, were found in Murray Street, Manoora, where the 37-year-old woman was also located with chest and neck wounds.
“The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital,” he said.
“Overnight we had the forensic people in the house. The deceased have been removed from the house.
“Today we will have our coroner and pathologist conducting their investigations with the assistance of the family.”
Detective Inspector Asnicar said police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths and are comfortable the community is safe.
He dismissed speculation the Manoora house had been the subject of calls from the Department of Social Services.
“It’s not a problem house, as has been speculated,” he said.
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“This is an ordinary neighbourhood, a lot of good people, a lot of kids in the area. This is something that has caught everybody by surprise.”
Investigations are continuing throughout today and police said autopsies on the children would also occur today.
Police said a number of possible weapons including knives were located in the house.
Seven of the children found dead are siblings and the eighth child is a niece of the woman arrested, police said.
Police said the suburban Cairns home will be locked down for several days while forensic officers conduct their work.
Acting Chief Superintendent Russell Miller said the investigation would take time and officers from Brisbane and Townsville arrived yesterday afternoon to assist with the complex investigation.
Ms Warria, 34, is undergoing a mental health assessment in Cairns hospital, where she was transported after sustaining serious injuries. She suffered stab wounds to the chest and neck.
“She was having a bad night; I heard her fighting with someone this morning about 4am,’’ a neighbour, Tahnia Ruttensteiner, said.
Ms Ruttensteiner said she saw Ms Warria “moving stuff out of the house”, claiming she was going to “make a new start”.
“I last saw her about 6am, then it was quiet.
“She was putting furniture and stuff out the front on the street, giving stuff away to family and friends.
Relationships Australia has set up an office close to the murder scene.
Spokeswoman Debra Bennett said the organisation is inviting people in the community to seek counselling there if they feel they need to speak to someone.
“There’ll be a whole range of support services so we encourage people to take advantage of that and to encourage other members of their family and the community if they feel they’re struggling with this experience it’s really important that people don’t try to do this on their own,” she said.
Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child. The word filicide derives from the Latin words filius meaning “son” or filia meaning daughter and the suffix -cide meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. “A filicide” may refer to the parent who killed his or her child as well as to the criminal act that the parent committed.
A Mobile Police Facility has been established, and officers from the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Scenes of Crime and Scientific section are investigating at the scene.
Eight children dead after stabbing at Cairns home
Emergency crews were called to an address in Murray Street in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. (ABC News: Sharnie Kim)
Authorities have confirmed that eight children have been killed at Cairns in far north Queensland.
It is understood there was a mass stabbing and a woman has been injured.
Details of the tragedy are unclear.
Emergency crews were called to an address in Murray Street at Manoora around 12:30pm (AEST).
A crime scene has been declared.
ABC reporter Sharnie Kim says there are police at the property, which has a small park at the back.
“There are about a dozen police vehicles at the scene including the region’s most senior detective inspectors,” she said.
“Part of the road has been blocked off and a police paddy wagon with lights flashing is at the property as well.
“The media are about 20 metres away from the property.”
Police will hold a media briefing shortly.
More details soon.
manoora-4870, cairns-4870, qld
The Daily Telegraph
December 19, 2014
Police on the scene of a major incident in the Cairns suburb of Manoora.
Queensland Police have confirmed that eight children have been found stabbed to death at a home in Cairns.
Emergency crews were called to an address in Manoora a short time ago.
It is understood that a woman has been taken to hospital.
Death investigation, Cairns
Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children in Manoora this morning.
Police were called to the Murray Street residence around 11.20am following reports of a woman with serious injuries.
During an examination of the residence police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years.
The woman, believed to be aged in her 30s, is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations.
A Mobile Police Facility has been established and officers from the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Scenes of Crime and Scientific section are conducting an investigation and examination of the scene.
The road is currently closed and no further information is available at this stage.
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