An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home.
Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, NBC News reports. Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the bodies of the children, four girls and four boys, ranged in age from 2 to 14, along with Warria, who was suffering from stab wounds to the chest.
Police haven’t said how the children died, but Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said they’re examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill them. Suffocation was also a possible cause of death, he said.
Officials were still trying to determine exactly what happened inside the house, and had collected more than 100 witness statements and Police is not looking for any other suspects.