An ex-rugby league player and his three children have died after a car was allegedly set alight in the Australian city of Brisbane, police said.
Rowan Baxter and the children, all under 10, were found dead in the car by emergency responders, police said.
His wife Hannah Baxter suffered extensive burns and reportedly jumped from the car yelling: “He’s poured petrol on me”.
Det Insp. Mark Thompson reported it is was a horrific scene as it is very early in the investigation, but the vehicle was fully involved in fire upon police arriving.
Police were first called to the scene at 08:30 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
They found Rowan Baxter, 42, and his three children aged six, four and three dead in the car.
Police said Rowan Baxter had been in the front passenger seat while Hannah Baxter drove the car.
Residents told Australian media they had seen Mrs Baxter, 31, jump out of the car while she was on fire. She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Rowan Baxter formerly played for the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team in Auckland and had reportedly also been running a gym with his wife in Capalaba to the east of Brisbane.
Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan said my thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible tragedy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene.