Suburban Starvation

Somehow over the past few months, two eighteen month old twins were allowed to starve to death by their parents in Sunnybank Hills, a Queensland suburb. Their bodies were discovered by an eleven year old sibling who went into their room to try to locate the source of a foul smell in the house and found the bodies in their cot. They had been dead for at least a week.

Exactly what happened is still unclear but currently the (so-called) parents, a thirty year old mother and twenty either year old father, were charged with “failing to provide the necessities of life”. The charges may be ‘upgraded’ to manslaughter or murder depending on the results from the post-mortem to be carried out today.

The family had been reported to DOCS but they had determined no action was necessary stating yesterday:

“Where there is no evidence for the department to take action, it has no legal basis to intervene with a family and it would be totally inappropriate for the department to attempt to do so.”

And with that two children were left to starve to death. At the moment, words fail me.


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