Mother Arrested for Murders of Eight Children in Cairns

Yesterday, eight children were found stabbed to death at a home in Cairns, Queensland; this morning, various sources, including News Limited, report that a woman, the mother of seven of the eight children, has been arrested for murder.
Late yesterday morning, the children, aged between 18 months and 14 years, were found dead by their 20-year-old brother, who raised the alarm with police. The 37-year-old suspect, who is also the aunt of the eighth child, was taken into custody overnight.
The woman is currently under guard at Cairns base hospital. Per a report in Fairfax, the woman is “awake and lucid” and able to speak to investigators, and police are “not looking for anyone else” in connection to the murders.
Forensic officers continue their investigations at the house, which will remain a crime scene for “at least the next few days,” as they try to establish a weapon and determine the chain of events that took place.
In a press conference this morning, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said that officers are “coping very well” in spite of the tragedy they found at the scene. “They are all professional people, they’re very skilled in what they do,” he said.
“We unfortunately get exposed to this type of thing more often than anybody would like to, but all the support mechanisms are there in place for us and for my staff. They’ll be fine.”

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