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Woman Arrested For Murder Of Eight Children After Stabbing In Cairns

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SYDNEY – A 37-year-old Cairns woman has been arrested for the murder of eight children, seven of them her own.

Police said the woman, who is also suspected of killing her niece, was “awake, lucid and able to speak”.

Detective inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman was under guard in Cairns hospital where she was recovering from self-inflicted wounds.

“At this stage we’re not looking for anyone else,” he told reporters.

Asnicar said police had found a number of “edged weapons, knives” in the house in Murray St, Manoora, Queensland.

He added that police had removed the bodies from the home and the coroner and pathologists would conduct autopsies and identify victims with the help of the family.

Asnicar said he expected the house would remain a crime scene for “another couple of days” with forensics experts continuing to search the scene for DNA evidence and signs of timelines in order to reconstruct the events on Friday morning. – The Guardian

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