Family tragedy has struck in Western #Australia, after two young children aged just three and five were found dead in their home. The little kids, a boy and a girl are thought have been murdered in a family incident. The mother of the two is very distraught reports Nine News Australia, and the father is under police guard at the Royal Perth Hospital. The father is reported to be in a critical condition with knife injuries which are believed to have been self-inflicted. Nobody has yet been charged with the #murder of the children as detectives are still investigating the incident.
Children dead but not known if mother was at home at the time
The mother, who is helping the police with their inquiries is apparently thought to be a Fly-In Fly-Out worker. The Fly-In Fly-Out system of employment is commonly used in Australia, particularly in the mining industry, where, rather than relocate entire families, employees are flown to the work site. After working a certain himber of days they are then flown back out again to spend time with their families on their days off. It is not known at this time if the mother was present when the incident occurred, and nobody had yet announced just who made the report of the murders to the police. At this time though, the mother is in Perth.
The police issued a press statement saying that the woman is very distressed but is in Perth and talking to the police who are trying to provide some support. The police officers who attended the scene are also receiving some supprt as it was a very disturbing scene in the family home.
ABC News reported that the deaths are of a family suicide-murder nature, while Perth Now reported the incident took place in the far north of Perth in an area known as Yanchep. According to them the police have not yet been able to question the 35-year-old father as his injuries are critical. Some news outlet reported that the children had been stabbed to death, but police say this initial report is incorrect, but they have not elaborated on the nature of attacks. The Police did have to force their way into the home on Thursday night at about 10.,30 pm, but it is believed the drama that ended in tragedy may have started much earlier than that.
Neighbor feeling bad for not investigating screams
A neighbor, Bill Nyssen, told Perth Now that he "heard screams around 6.15pm on Thursday night," but ascribed it to noises from a television and now he feels very guilty. He told the papers that he had only lived next door to the family for nine weeks and was not aware there were children in the home, although his own children had seen them outside. He also said he had never seen the mother, as he thought she was a Fly-In Fly-Out worker.
The area where the incident took place is a new housing estate. Police at this time are not looking for any third party in connection with the #Crime but they have requested people with any information to come forward.
Just two days ago, another two children and their parents were found dead in Davidson, Perth in a family suicide murder involving gas.