Eight children aged 18 months to 15 years old were found stabbed to death on Friday in an Australian home.
A police spokesman said all were found in a suburban home in the Queensland city of Cairns in northern Australia.
A woman, 34, found in the yard of the house, was also suffering injuries. She was taken to a hospital where the spokesman said she was assisting them with their inquiries.
Uniformed police and all the city’s detectives swarmed the area when the bodies were discovered at 11.20 a.m. local time.
In a press conference near the scene of the incident, Far North Queensland crime co-ordinator detective inspector Bruno Asnicar said the scene was in lock down while forensic officers examined evidence to determine what occurred at the residence.
Lisa Thaiday, who claimed to be the cousin of the 34-year-old injured woman, told Australian Associated Press at the scene the children were all siblings and the injured woman was their mother.
She claimed another sibling, a 20-year-old man, arrived home to find his brothers and sisters dead inside the house.
She described the family and extended relatives as close-knit. “We’re a big family and most of us are from the (Torres) Strait,” she said.
“I just can’t believe it. We just found out (about) those poor babies.”
Torres Strait Islanders come from the waterway between Australia and Papua New Guinea. SYDNEY, Dec. 19 (Xinhua)