CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA: Australian police arrested Saturday a woman, said to be the mother of seven of the eight children, reportedly stabbed to death inside a house here.
The Police has not yet revealed the children’s official cause of death but said that knives were found at the house where the bodies were discovered on Friday morning.
“The 37-year-old mother has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital,” detective inspector Bruno Asnicar told reporters.
Flowers and teddy bears were laid near the crime scene and church services were held overnight in Cairns, where police said they are working closely with the Torres Strait Islander community to which the family belonged.
Police have confirmed the dead as four girls—aged two, 11, 12 and 14 and four boys aged five, six, eight and nine, but said they would not name the family for cultural reasons. In some indigenous cultures it is considered disrespectful to say a deceased person’s name.
The suspect is the mother of the seven younger children and the aunt of the 14-year-old girl. She has not been charged, but Queensland Police said she was assisting them with their inquiries.