UPDATE AT 5PM (ADT), 1/14/21
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of a mother and her three young children at a home in Tullamarine, north-west Melbourne.
Police in Victoria found the bodies of a 42-year-old woman, two girls aged five and seven and a three-year-old boy when called to the Burgess Street house around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
The woman’s husband and the father of the children, a 48-year-old man, “assist the police in their investigations.”
data-s = “video / mp4″>
“The investigation is in its very early stages. We know it’s a husband, wife and three children, ”Acting Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Bob Hill said Thursday afternoon.
“The husband survived, the wife and her three children are now deceased. Investigators do not believe there are other parties involved at this point. “
But he urged people not to speculate on the “tragic event”.
“We cannot afford to speculate on what happened,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Hill said.
“It is a tragic event to lose your life under all circumstances. But when it comes to three children… it has an impact on the community of Victoria. It has an impact on all of us.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliott said the tragedy in the house was difficult to understand.
“It will have lasting effects on the police who are there, on the extended family, the community, the neighborhood, the emergency services and everyone else involved,” he said.
Previously, a man was driven out of the house by officers and assessed by paramedics before being taken away in a police car.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Galliott said police were “keeping a very open mind” about what had happened at the house.
He said police only had a brief statement from the 48-year-old man and described him as “a person of interest”. They are not looking for anyone else in relation to the four deaths.
They did not reveal how the woman and her three children died.
Police cordoned off Burgess Street in Tullamarine after the discovery. At least half a dozen police cars and officers took to the streets for much of Thursday.
Neighbors told TBEN the area is relatively quiet, with lots of young tenants.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Hill said there was no history of violence within the family.
“We have a long way to go before we can understand and appreciate exactly what happened,” he said.
Police are expected to stay at the Tullamarine House for most of the remainder of Thursday. They say there is no permanent risk to the community at large.