A woman has been charged with murder after the death of three young children who had just arrived in New Zealand from South Africa at a house on the South Island.
The incident happened Thursday evening at a house in the town of Timaru. Police said emergency services found a woman at the address who had been hospitalized in stable condition.
Police said two of the children were two years old and the other victim was six years old. They were all brothers and sisters. Everyone involved had recently moved from South Africa to New Zealand, police said, and had left a mandatory coronavirus quarantine facility over the past week.
In a brief press conference, police said the investigation was in its early stages and could not yet release many details, including the names of the children or how they died.
Inspector Dave Gaskin, the commander of the Aoraki region, said the deaths would be “incredibly distressing” for residents of Timaru, especially after five town teenagers were killed in a car crash last month. latest.
Police later said in a statement that they arrested and charged a 40-year-old woman with murder in connection with the deaths of the three children.
“The woman is scheduled to appear in Timaru District Court tomorrow. [Saturday] morning, ”Detective Inspector Scott Anderson said. “The police would like to reassure the community that this is a tragic isolated incident and that we are not looking for anyone else. “
The Stuff News Agency said neighbors Karen and Brad Cowper called police just after 10 p.m. when they heard a man scream and cry. The neighbors said they asked him if he was okay, but he didn’t respond other than saying, “Is this really happening? “
Stuff reported that the family lived in accommodation for hospital staff and that the man and woman were medical professionals.