KEY POINTS

  • Hannah Baxter and her three children were killed in a car fire in Brisbane
  • Prime minister Scott Morrison represented Australians in condemning the act 
  • Reports suggest the husband, Rowan Baxter was responsible and he stabbed himself to death afterwards

A woman and her three children were senselessly killed during a car fire. The parents of Hannah Baxter stated they had exhausted themselves, trying to make her escape the estranged husband who is allegedly responsible for the act.

Baxter passed away at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital on Wednesday night, less than a day after her husband, former rugby player, Rowan Baxter, poured petrol on his family while they were in the vehicle and set it alight.  

Police are yet to publicly confirm the reports that it was indeed the husband who is responsible.

They did find a history of family violence. The case has sparked a national outcry against cases of domestic violence.

Prime minister Scott Morrison claimed Australians all over are shocked and saddened by what has happened in a suburban neighborhood.

He elaborated that it was a terrible act of violence that took Hannah and her three children.

Earlier on, the Queensland Police reported the children and their mother had been killed, though the same was not the case for Mr. Baxter.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said there is anger about the fact that domestic violence still exists at present and could take the lives of five people.

When the police were called to the scene, they found the couple’s three children Laianah, Trey, and Aaliyah, dead inside the vehicle. Hannah was burning on the ground next to the vehicle.

Witness reports indicate she screamed that her husband had poured petrol on her. She also pleaded to helpers who rushed to the site to save her children.

They stated Mr. Baxter had tried to stop the first helpers from intervening before he grabbed a knife inside the vehicle and stabbed himself to death. The emergency responders were not able to revive him when they arrived on the scene.

Rowan Baxter was formerly of the New Zealand Warrior’s rugby league team in Auckland. Before his death, he ran a gym with his wife, in Capalaba.

Tributes have been coming in for the victims, and the incident hashtag has been one of the top trends on Twitter.

The case is just one of the several high profile murder cases where women and children were the victims.

Last July, a man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife, three children, and the grandmother.

The bureau of statistics says, on average, one woman is murdered every week in Australia by a current or a male partner.