Australian mother and children 'senselessly murdered'


20th February, 2020 01:16:56 printer

Australian mother and children 'senselessly murdered'

Australia is mourning the deaths of a woman and her three children who were "senselessly murdered" in a car fire, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Police are yet to confirm reports the father, ex-rugby player Rowan Baxter, set the car alight in Brisbane before stabbing himself to death.

However, they confirmed a history of family violence. Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children were killed on Wednesday.

The case has sparked national outcry over domestic violence.

"Australians all over the country are just shocked, saddened and devastated about what has happened in a suburban street," Mr Morrison told reporters on Thursday.

"Hannah and her three children [were] so senselessly and maddeningly murdered in what has occurred in a terrible act of violence," he said. On Thursday, Queensland Police said the children and their mother had been killed, and there were no suspicious circumstances concerning Mr Baxter's death.

"There's a rising sense of anger in this day and age [that] the scourge of family and domestic violence still can lead to the death of five people," said Det Insp. Mark Thompson.


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