Pretoria family mourning death of 3 children in NZ

Pretoria family mourning death of 3 children in NZ

A Pretoria family is mourning the deaths of three children amid headlines that gripped the global community. 

Three South African children found dead in New Zealand: report

The two-year-old twin girls and a six-year-old were found dead in their New Zealand home on Thursday night. 

A 40-year-old woman, believed to be the mother, has since been taken into custody and charged with murder.  

The young girls and their parents relocated to the island country only last month and had been in the town of Timaru for just a week after spending some time in Covid-19 quarantine since their arrival in the country. 

According to the New Zealand Herald, emergency services were called to the house on Queen Street after the girl’s father, an orthopaedic surgeon, arrived home and made the grim discovery.  

Neighbours are believed to have heard the harrowing cries of the girl’s father shortly after the discovery. 

But the details on the exact cause of death remain unknown.  

The girl’s grandfather Malcolm Fawkes says the family is battling to come to terms with the tragedy. .

“Wendy and I were devastated to hear late last night of the terrible tragedies which our family in New Zealand suffered on Thursday.  

“The extended families are in a state of shock as we try to understand what happened. We ask for your prayers and support during this very difficult time. We would also request privacy as we battle to come to terms with what has happened.” 

Police in New Zealand have launched an investigation. 

“We would like to thank the staff of Timaru Hospital for their support at this difficult time. Thank you also to the New Zealand Police for their attention to this matter,” Fawkes adds. 


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