A deranged doctor allegedly murdered his three daughters in their New Zealand home – just weeks after the family left South Africa, according to a disturbing new report.
Lauren Dickason, 40, an orthopedic doctor, on Thursday killed her twins Maya and Karla, 2, and their older sister Liane, 6, in Parkside, a suburb of Timaru, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Dickason was charged with the murder late Friday local time and will appear in Timaru District Court on Saturday morning, the outlet reported.
Lauren’s husband Graham Dickason, an orthopedic surgeon, found the bodies when he returned home shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday.
He called for help as neighbors heard him scream and cry, “Is this really happening?
Emergency services quickly arrived, but the girls could not be saved, according to the report.
Their mother was taken to nearby Timaru hospital for treatment, where she was listed in stable condition on Friday, the outlet reported.
The family arrived in New Zealand in late August and had only been in Timaru for a week after leaving managed isolation and quarantine, as demanded by travelers to the country amid the pandemic.
In a statement, Local Police Detective Inspector Scott Anderson assured the community that the murders were “a tragic isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else.” No further information on the gruesome murders has been given.
Both parents worked at Pretoria East Hospital in South Africa before coming to New Zealand, according to their Facebook profiles. They also recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary, Stuff reported.
In a statement, Lauren Dickason’s parents Wendy and Malcolm Fawkes of South Africa told Stuff they were “devastated” by the tragedy.
“Extended families are in shock as we try to figure out what happened. We ask for your prayers and support during this very difficult time, ”they said.
“We would also ask for confidentiality as we fight to come to terms with what happened. We would like to thank the staff at Timaru Hospital for their support during this difficult time … and the New Zealand Police for their attention to this matter.
Maria Mandy Sibanyoni, who worked as a babysitter for three years at their home in Pretoria, told the Sunday Times she was “upset” by what had happened.
“I never saw a fight in this family or anything,” she said. “We treated each other like family. I was also family. There was nothing wrong.
She said she last spoke to Lauren in June as the family prepared to move to New Zealand.
“The last time I saw her, everything was fine and she was happy to go,” Sibanyoni said. “We’ve been through a lot with Lauren. I was always with her, telling her not to stress about the kids, especially one [who underwent several surgeries for a problem with her lip], and trust in the Lord. I was his shoulder to lean on.
“I have shared a lot of things with Lauren. Now I am broken. I’m not getting out of it.