Cairns mother charged with murder of eight children

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Cairns mother charged with murder of eight children

<p>Authorities in Queensland have formally charged a 37-year-old woman with the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/19/eight-children-stabbed-to-death-in-cairns-australia/">murder of seven of her children and her niece</a>.</p> <p>The woman was charged while in hospital in Cairns, north east Australia, where she is being treated for self-inflicted knife-wounds, police report.</p> <p>Police say they are awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations to determine the exact cause of the childrens’ deaths. </p> <p>Tim Nicholls, Acting Premier of Queensland, offered his support to the residents of Manoora, the Cairns suburb where the victims were found.</p> <p>“As a father myself with three children under 15, I can only imagine the grief that this community is feeling as they come to grips with the events over the last days. And I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Queenslanders – and indeed all Australians – when we say that ‘we are with you, that we are here to support you and we feel with you the grief that this community feels’,” he said.</p> <p>Aged from 18 months to 15 years old, the four boys and four girls were reportedly found dead on Friday morning by another of the suspect’s sons.</p> <p>Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled the incident an “unspeakable crime.”</p> <p>It is the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/19/second-violent-tragedy-to-hit-australia-in-a-week-leaves-country-in-shock/">second bloody event to strike the country</a> in the space of a week. On Tuesday, two civilians were killed as a result of a 16-hour siege in Sydney.</p>