Australian Police: Eight Children Found Dead


Eight children, the youngest of them only 18 months old, have been found dead at a suburban home in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns in a case that the Australian Prime Minister has called "an unspeakable crime."



A woman who the police believe is the mother of the seven of the children is in a hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Police said they were called to the property in the Manoora area of Cairns on Friday morning after reports of an injured woman.

"During an examination of the residence, police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years," the Queensland Police Service said in a statement.

Police so far have no formal suspects in the case, said Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar, but he sought to allay fears among local residents about the deaths.

"There's no need for the public to be concerned about this other than it's a tragic, tragic event," he told reporters near the crime scene, adding that the area is under control. he said police were "looking at anybody who's had any involvement."

"These events are extremely distressing for everyone," Asnicar said. "Police officers aren't immune from that. We're human beings as well."

Australian media reported that at least some of the victims were believed to have been stabbed. But Asnicar declined to confirm that, saying police are waiting for autopsy reports.

The injured woman, who is believed to be 34 years old, is being treated for her wounds and is helping police with their investigation, according to the statement. She's in stable condition and is not under police custody, Asnicar said.

Police believe the eighth child, who they don't think is one of the woman's children, is a member of the family, he said.

CNN's Elizabeth Joseph and Brian Walker contributed to this report.

By: Jethro Mullen and Chieu Luu, CNN
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