Grandfather arrested after baby killed, women injured in Brisbane home stabbing

The day's horrific events left the driveway stained with blood.
JORGE BRANCO

The day's horrific events left the driveway stained with blood.

Terrified screams pierced a leafy suburban neighbourhood in Brisbane as a stabbing attack left a baby girl dead and her mother and grandparents fighting for life.

The residents of affluent Parkinson, in the city's south, were shocked as police van after van tore through windy backstreets in response to an unimaginable domestic tragedy.

A neighbour's mobile phone captured what appeared to be the sounds of the two-month-old girl's mother's screams as she fled the house to get help from a neighbour about 2.30pm.

A baby basket could be seen outside the house
JORGE BRANCO

A baby basket could be seen outside the house

The child's 53-year-old grandfather was seen wandering in the quiet street soaked in blood minutes later before police swarmed and handcuffed him in the driveway.

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The scene in the aftermath of the incident.
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The scene in the aftermath of the incident.

"He was just covered in blood, literally pouring out of him, hey," back neighbour Sun Gill said.

"It was pretty surreal. Very, very surreal, just the blood itself.

"They had the garage door open. You could see all the blood in the garage and then the trail from when they walked to the neighbour's house."

Officers at one of the crime scenes.
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Officers at one of the crime scenes.

More blood stained the driveway on Watheroo Place between a pair of discarded sandals, as a baby basket rested nearby.

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Across the road, officers criss-crossed an otherwise idyllic park with police tape, as residents stopped by to investigate the commotion.

The 28-year-old woman's parents had been visiting from China after the birth of her baby daughter.

The baby was rushed to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital with stab wounds but couldn't be saved. Her grandmother, a woman in her 50s, was found unconscious inside the house with stab injuries and spent hours in surgery in critical condition on Wednesday night, as did the grandfather.

A police spokeswoman said officers were keeping an open mind about who initiated the attack.

The mother who lost her baby had recovered to be in a serious but stable condition by late evening.

Police officers remained with all three adults into the night, waiting to speak to them when they were healthy enough.

General duties police, detectives and scientific officers stayed at the crime scene well into the evening, their vehicles ringing an expansive park.

Regular visitors and even those who lived close by the scene of the attack couldn't hide their shock.

Natasha and Peter Walsh said they often saw the family walking through the neighbourhood but most neighbours in the area didn't really talk to each other.

"It's (usually) very quiet as you can see... Not much happens around here," she said,

"We didn't meet most of our neighbours until today."



 - brisbanetimes.com.au

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